This pair of Japanese antique Imari porcelain plates is decorated with peony and butterflies. They were made over 100 years old, dating to the late Edo period of the 19th century, between 1800 and 1868. In the old Imari fashion, they are handmade and hand decorated. They are round upward rim shaped like a bowl as is Japanese custom on most of the old dishes allowing room for sauce. Nakazara refers to the size of the standard size dinner dish of 8.25 inches which is a common size in Imari and old Japanese wares. As is often seen they have the small scalloped rim decorated with a kuchibeni, which is brown color trim is a method to apply iron glaze on the rim of the plate or the bowl. The decorations of peony and butterflies still have thick gorgeous colorful enamels of blue, green and gold, all trimmed in gold. The white on white butterfly with gold trim scatters pollen around it as seen by the raised whte dots. The bottom rim is decorated with a beautiful example of sometsuke or underglaze blue arabesque pattern called karakusa. There are no cracks or chips, in excellent condition. There is a natural flaw which occurred in the kiln.
Size: Diameter 8.25 inches or 21 cm, Height 1.8 inches or 4.5 cm
Hizen is a name of the province in the Edo period which included present-day Saga and Nagasaki prefectures. 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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