A Japanese antique ko-Imari pair of porcelain plates. They are decorated in a pattern is called Kawai iカワイイ - the center is decorated in a chrysanthemum with butterfly. Handmade on fine old porcelain, they are heavily decorated in red and blue overglaze enamel on top and underglaze hand painting on the bottom. Alternating patterns on the front are trimmed in gold throughout with a thick blue trim on the rim. These plates date to the Edo period of the mid 1800's or 19th century. The richness of colors is quite incredible. They are in excellent condition with no crack or chips. They are gorgeous porcelain plates and were well kept. A purchase from the owner in Japan, what we have left of these small plates are probably among some of my favorites.
Diameters: 3.97" in cm: 10.08
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. Evidently there is possible some relationship to Hasami Porcelain for this piece, but I do not understand it.
Imari was simply 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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