This Japanese antique Edo Imari colorful large plate was made in the early 1800's part of the Edo period of 1800-1868. It is gorgeous. It is handmade, hand drawn, hand painted, and glazed by hand. The flowers which look like roses are painted in underglaze, and the rest of the decoration in overglaze enamels of blue and red or sometsuke and iro-e.. It is extremely well done and a high-quality Imari platter. It has many uniquely decorated plates and borders of traditional Japanese art with flowers and gold arabesque on red enamel. It is fine. The marks on the bottom are called stilt or spur marks where the plates are placed in the rack on the kiln and helps determine age as well, the number changed over time. A purchase from Japan, it is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips.
Size: Diameter 11.4 inches or 29 cm, Height 1.7 inches or 4.4 cm. Weight 960 grams or 2.11 lbs.
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 through the present day. Today, Imari and Arita are used interchangeable in Japan. Several porcelains are considered to fall under Arita, including Hirado, Kakiemon, and Nabeshima. Many porcelains also fall under Mino ware, including Seto, Mino and Oribe.
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