A Japanese antique Imari porcelain dish is over 200 years dating to the Edo period of the 18th century. A small namasi size dish or bowl is handmade. Namasi refers to a range of the everyday use size of old Japanese wares. It is a Kobach or a small size bowl with a flared top.
This one is decorated in blue and white underglaze in a comedic story of ghosts and a funny stylized dragon who wears dress shoes to fit its the appropriate three claws of the Japanese dragon. The dragon appears to be laughing as if it is he or she who is stirring up the ghosts or maybe playing with the ghosts and having a fun time doing it. Evidently, this was a popular design during the 18th century and while we do not know the exact story or its name, know that ghost stories have always been a popular genre based on Japanese fables This is a rare motif design to get our hands on of old Imari wares. It has the design of on the outer side of the bowl called yomodasuki' pattern of dots, which are used in various methods for outer rim designs. They were also used in the old days to identify the kiln number in a group of kilns. She notes it is often seen decorating the foot of a dish. The bottom has the old snake eye foot. This 'Janome' or janomekodai refers to the design of the bottom of porcelain and specifically to the snake or ‘ja’ and eye ‘no me’ shape seen on some pieces and which were done so to allow it to sit on the rack in the kiln.
It is signed in underglaze blue with a rare old Imari mark on the bottom which looks like a cricket. This namasu bowl is in very good condition for its 200 years of age, most certainly a collector's decorative item. The overglaze still has its shining and the colors still rich. Other than the dark age spot along the outer rim, there are no cracks chips or other issues.
Size: . Diameter 5.9 inches or cm, Height 2 inches or 5.2 cm
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.
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