This Japanese antique Imari porcelain large octagonal platter has two shades of fine blue painted on fine white jiki or porcelain. It is a large size. platter with a traditional decoration. The main or background pattern is called mijin- karakusa. It is a very intense and intricately hand drawn and painted design with significant detail and many thin lines. On this are drawn and painted chrysanthemums. In the center are trees blowing in the wind.and in the background what appears to be a temple. On each corner has small arabesque drawn and painted around flowers in the shape of what looks like crosses. On the bottom sides clouds and grasses. It has an age appropriate foot. It dates to the Meiji [eriod of 1868-1912.It is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips.
Size: Squre: 11..3 onches or cm. Heigh 2 inches or cm
Imari porcelain 伊万里
Imari porcelain 伊万里 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. Ko-Imari refers to any "old" Imari made prior to the beginning of the Meiji period in 1868. The Japanese as well as Europeans called them Imari. In Japanese, these porcelains are also known as Arita-yaki (有田焼)
"Imari" was simply the transshipment 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.
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