This Japanese antique Imari -yaki Sometsuke- seiji celadon platter dates to the late Meiji period of 1868-1912. Sometsuke is white porcelain decorated in painted blue designs. A cobalt oxide glaze is used and when fired at temperatures over 1300 degrees c it turns a beautiful blue color. In this case sometsuke- seiji flowers in a basket are painted on a scalloped convex shape which is straight on the top and bottom. This irregular shape is called hekei-zara. The size is called ozara , or a 10 inch or 25.4cm diameter or larger. Sometsuke initially referred to the popular blue and whites with underglaze cobalt blue. In this case, -seiji refers to the addition of celadon as a color. So variations in style are sometsuke which is underglaze cobalt blue and seiji or celadon. The way the designs of flowers in a basket are surrounded with the celadon around it which creates a wide border makes the design stand out and is quite lovely. Both the blue and celadon shades are beautiful. The flowers and basket are painted with significant detail and in Japanese are called Hanakago, a Japanese bamboo basket used for flowers and floral arrangements. The back rim is decorated in a pattern called the Yomoda like pattern or the square sash pattern, This plate is quite fine and in excellent condition with no cracks or chips and minor surface wear.
Size: Length 13.49 inches or 34.6 cm , Width 10.33 inches or 26.5 cm, Heigth 1.83 inch or 4.7 cm . Weight 1270 grams or 2.79 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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