Japanese antique Imari 伊万里 blue and white porcelain namasu size bowl dates to the late 1700s- mid 1800's Edo period. It is handmade and hand painted in underglaze blue with the motif of a delicate little bird surrounded by foliage. Namasu refers to the size of the plate or bowl, it is the average small dining ware size. It is in very good antique condition. There are no cracks. There are age flea bites as can be seen in the pictures and some wear around the rim but a precious beautiful piece. There are five stilt marks on the back center which are the kiln marks from sitting on the rack and indicative of its age. A very special antique Imari piece most like made for an individual based on the design.
SIZE: Approx 6 1/2" or 16.51 cm
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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, previously part of the Hizen area. 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.in u
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