This Japanese vintage pair of Imari Arita porcelain decorative enameled wall fans dates to the early Showa period of 1926-1989, and this piece most likely made between the 1920 and 1940s or older. They were a purchase from the U.S. as part of an auction item. The artist has signed them on the back, but we do not know the name. They are painted in overglaze enamels of many colors in traditional Japanese decorations and motifs. The colors on both are predominantly blue, with the fan handles a lovely bright blue. One dish is decorated with a lovely theme of birds flying over the waves in a lovely sunset and floral borders. Each side if this dish has a 'square sash pattern' or the 'Yomoda' like pattern. The other a pine tree with a sky background a lovely arabesque and floral border. Because of the detailing on the arabesque border, it is possible they are older than we stated. They are both in very good shape no visible cracks or chips and probably some age surface wear but the enamels still bright and thick.
Size: They are a good size for decorating, somewhat large, each:: Length 11 inches or 27.94 cm, Width 8.5 inches or 21.59 cm. Total with a few inches in between would span about 25-26 inches wide needing a wall about 30 inches wide, at least.
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 are continually produced to the present day.
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