Japanese antique ko-Imari porcelain dish with rare and wonderful relief art. Ko-Imari refers t0 the pre-Meiji period Edo period and this dish was made between the 1800s and 1868 of the 19th century Edo period. It is between 140- 200 years old.
This Imari dish is hand formed by an artist, and the faint criss-cross lines under the white painting suggest it was made with help from a drape mold. The clay is rolled out between 2 pieces of fabric, leaving the texture of the fabric in the clay. The clay slab is laid over called hump drape, the drape mold & trimmed. It has a most unusual shape- like an egg almost- it is very well done by a skilled Imari artist. The art is hand drawn and hand painted with very thick enamels requiring a lot of skill.
The design is that of a fence used outdoor for decoration with flowers and plants and often made like a basket, It is popular in Japan, This one bosts a lovely house size bamboo plant. This design is called 'kakine', and -means hedge or 'over the fence'. The small uniquely shaped scallops around the rim of the dish are decorated with red and green borders, in flowers or 'botan' in triangles and a double black and green criss-cross border surrounding squares. This is a pattern where geometrical shapes are created when two parallel lines intersect and can be found even on pottery from the ancient Jōmon period. There are many variations. The red shapes coming out from these borders resemble 'Yabane or 'Yagasuri' which mean arrow feathers. In the center of these four shapes are what resemble leaf veins. Gold cloud shapes resembling snakes are coming out from either side. The bottom rim is decorated in blue undeglaze botan, and it is rare to find an Imari piece this old with this much decoration. The foot height is age appropriate and surrounded by a double blue line. Our seller in Japan called this 'relief art' due to its thickness.
This dish is in excellent condition, it was most like an estate piece belonging to a family. I saw one little black dot on the bottom and there is one area of paint loss ofn the bottom of the foot which will not show when displaying. A very fine old Imari dish.
Size: Length 6.4 inches or 16.2 cm, Width 6 inches or 15.3 cm, Height 1.5 inches or 3.7 cm. Weight 250 grams or 8.82 oz.
Imari porcelain 伊万里焼き
Imari porcelain 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 simply the transshipment port for Arita wares. There are many styles of Imari, 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. These wares 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 to the present day. See more history of Imari on Gotheborg's, and through the several links to other Imari sites in our Favorites Links on our Homepage and so much more in many books that can also be found on the internet.