This Japanese antique large Imari porcelain decorative dish dates to the 19th-century portion of at least the Meiji period of 1868-1912 and at least over 100 years old, possibly dating to the Edo period. The size is called 'ozara' which is representative of any dish over 10 inches. It was either hand formed or spun on a wheel, regardless it was made by hand sometimes it is hard to see the spin marks.. It is formed in three parts with a large rim, the middle section creates a bowl effect but it could be used as either in Japanese in cuisine. The top two sections each create a different border. The bottom rim is also bordered with a prunus branch, and borders on the bottom rim regardless of decoration are representative of the older finer dishes, and not those made for export necessarily. Closest I have in name is the 'Hana Karakusa' which is scrolling flowers. Under white is painted in decoratiions of sometsuke or underglaze blue, with gorgeous red, blue, and green enamel decorations over the glaze and highlighted in gold. It is decorated with sparrows and other birds or their wings just outspread, and peony and rose blossoms and many other flowers and greenage. Two of the birds in the center sit on small river stones. The stones are highlighted in gold, as many of the other decorations are. This dish is clearly made by a skilled artist and is full of excellent detail and quality work.
It is signed with one of the Chinese good fortune marks, 'Fuki-choshun' meaning rich & prosperous. It originates from the Chinese theme of peony & rose blossom, as decorated and signed on the bottom by the artist of this large dish. It is in very good condition with no cracks or chips. It does have some very small brown age spots which are camouflaged by the painting for the most part. An excellent example of an old quality, Imari dish.
Size: Diameter 10.92 inches or 28 cm, and Height 1.56 inches or 4 cm, Weight 990 grams or 2.18 lbs
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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