Japanese antique Imari ozara porcelain dish in the Sometsuke-Seiji style with a sen-gaki pattern. 'Ozara' refers to the size of plates over 10 inches or 25.40 cm. Sometsuke-Seiji refers to a combination of styles used on one piece, sometsuke is the underglaze blue painting and seiji the Japanese word for Celadon. Sen-gaki is designs drawn and painted in very thin lines.
This piece is hand made by an Imari artist with a lovely shape. The pointed scallops around the rum are most unusual. They remind me of the edge of a seashell. Many motif are created using the sen-gaki or 'thin line' method of decoratin which takes great patience and detail. In the center are two flying mythical birds or maybe chickens. surrounded by sen-gaki of the wave pattern, ;eaves, and flowers that looked like candy cains. The side scalloped rim is done in celadon.
It is in very good condition with no cracks or chips. It has two aged 'Hittsuki" marks from an aged spot of here it was stuck to something else in the kiln. This is not considered a 'fault' in Japan.
Side: Diameter 10.45 inches or 26.8 cm, Height 1.79 inches or 4.6 cm. Weight 830 grams or 1.83 lbs