This Japanese Antique ko-Imari Bowl of Unusual Design was made over 140 years ago, dating to the Japanese Edo period that ended in 1868, it is the 19th century. This age Imari is called ko-Imari or 'old Imari'. This is a gorgeous and very unusually designed bowl with not often seen bright colors of blue, red and green, for this age and for Imari in general. Aside from the center, all of the designs are based on a diamond or square shape instead of round. And, the scallops flow very well with this design. In the center a bright blue sun with a star-shaped border and red rays. Also decorated all around on the outside, with alternating yellow and green leaves topped by a blue border of diamonds. It is more typical of old Imari for the outside of the bowl to be decorated then it is in more modern pieces. The surrounding border in alternating patterns of red and green. The outer border in blue and green diamonds filled with four dots or circles called 'Hashi', and historically were often used to represent the kiln number in a group of kilns. There is some age wear to the bottom and what looks like a kiln defect but no cracks or chips. This is a fine old and probably rare Imari bowl and very lovely.
Size: Diameter 6.4 inches or 16.4 cm, Height 3.0 inches or 7.7 cm
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Imari porcelain 伊万里焼 is the name for Japanese porcelain wares made in the town of Arita, in the former Hizen Province, northwestern Kyūshū. They were exported to Europe extensively from the port of Imari, Saga, between the second half of the 17th century and the first half of the 18th century. The Japanese as well as Europeans called them Imari. In Japanese, these porcelains are also known as Arita-yaki 有田焼. Imari was the trans-shipment port for Arita wares. There are many styles including Nabeshima and Kakiemon. It was the kilns at Arita which formed the heart of the Japanese porcelain industry.
Though sophisticated wares in authentic Japanese styles were being made at Arita for the fastidious home market, European–style designations of Arita porcelain were formed after blue and white kraak porcelains, imitating Chinese underglaze blue-and-white wares, or made use of enamel colors over underglazes of cobalt blue and iron red. The ware often used copious gilding, sometimes with spare isolated sprigged vignettes, but often densely patterned in compartments.
Imari or Arita porcelain has been continually produced up to the present day.
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