This Japanese Arita Nabeshima 鍋島 porcelain censer or incense burner is just one piece of highly sought after Nabeshima porcelains. and some of the most beautiful Arita porcelains which are still handmade to this day. This Japanese censer is not a small one. On elegant curved tripod feet, the handmade censer is made adorned with a shishi lion finial and foo dog handles. The round lid is incised with decorative openings for the censer use, the body is rounded in an elegant way. It is covered in pale light blue celadon glaze. The mark of Nabeshima, the Arita kiln and the signature of the potter is signed on the bottom. The tomobako or original wooden box made especially for this piece is also signed by the potter and included, which is very important to the value of and long-term care for the piece. It was made about 40 years ago and is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips. It is used, so there may be some wear to the paint or surface but there is not any seen. A very fine large size blue glaze celadon porcelain Nabeshima censer,
SIZE: Height 5.9" or 15 cm, Diameter at widest point:. 5.1" or 13 cm
History of Nabeshima 鍋島
Nabeshima is a supreme porcelain ware manufactured at Nabeshima feudal kiln in Saga prefecture today under strict supervision during the Edo period. It is considered that the birth of Nabeshima porcelain had aimed to stabilize the relationship with the Tokugawa shogun family and other influences by presenting them as homage instead of popular and valuable Chinese porcelain.
Nabeshima ware continues to be made to this day and is usually grouped under Arita. There are different kilns that make Nabeshima. Most of Nabeshima porcelain made between the Enpou era 1673-1681 and around 1750 have been colored with four colors; red, blue, green, yellow, and the designs were adopted of plants or patterns on kimonos. The elaborate, striking, and original expressions found on these wares make it seem impossible that they were made three hundred years ago! They possess a beauty which can be shared today.
From the mid 17th century onward many of these opulent and often highly ornamental pieces were shipped abroad from the port of Imari, resulting in all pieces crafted in and around the area being grouped together under the Imari or Arita label. Therefore, the Japanese as well as Europeans called them Imari. There is still unsolved history about the Nabeshima feudal kiln, although it is accepted that the kiln had matured at Ookawachi in the end. After moving to Ookawachi around 1670, the Lord of Nabeshima had begun to appoint the superintendent for the kiln and ordered strict supervision closed to the outside in order to keep their technical developments secret.
Nowadays, individual potters and kilns make Nabeshima under the umbrella of Arita yaki.
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