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Japanese Antique Imari Porcelain Hexagonal Decorative Platter
This Japanese antique Imari porcelain hexagonal decorative platter dates to the Meiji period, from 1868-1912. It is handmade and shaoed into a beautiful hexagonal form by an Imari specialist. The colors with which it is painted are quite colorful and unusual with the unusual green and coral on red and blue on the white porcelain. And, with all the blue in sometsuke underglaze blue and all the colors in overglaze enamels. The center is decorated in botan flowers and sakura branch or cherry blossom. The border is separated in rectangle squares decorated with plaid, flowers and birds in the different and overlapping rectangles. It is quite gorceous and a unique design and coloring. It has no cracks or chips and it in excellent condition.
Size: Length 11 inches or cm, Width 9 inches or cm, Height 1 3/8 inches or 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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