A very nice Japanese Arita 有田 vintage solid white porcelain censer or incense burner completely made with sukashi or reticulated openwork, in this case very cool circles. It is a handmade probably by slip-cast and a glazed piece of clean, crisp white porcelain and lines like a fine white starched shirt. It has a modern design and lines with an industrial flair of white reticulated circles or 'sukashi' open work. This is a purchase from Japan and according to the seller is from Arita and about 20 or more years old, we date it to between the 1960s and 1980s. It is of a size and designed that it could also be used with a small candle if one prefers, the center os closed off as one can see but I have not measured this part. It is signed with an Arita Kinpo kiln name and mark, who makes most of the reticulated pieces but this mark is written in a different type Japanese language than what we currently have as an example. It is in good condition there are no cracks or chips. I thought some of the holes had chips but that is actually indentations from when it was made and related shadows. Perfect condition and beautiful piece now reduced to lowest price!
SIZE: Height and Diameter are 4 1/2" or 11.4 cm. Weight: 14.2 oz or 404 grams
Arita 有田 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 Japan, these porcelains are also known as Arita-yaki . Imari or Arita porcelain has been produced continuously until the present date.
Imari porcelain 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 to the present day
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