This Japanese antique 19th c Imari Chadōgu was made for the tea ceremony. A very nice old and heavy Imari porcelain piece, it is part of the tea ceremony equipment called chadōgu written 茶道具 that is used for rinsing the tea cups. Of course, it makes a wonderful pedestal bowl for other items and can be called many things depending on who you are talking to, such as a compote. Handmade and hand painted, in a gorgeous color of underglaze blue. It is decorated with traditional pine and plum designs on the inside of the bowl, and a spikey scrolling decorative border all the way around the outside called 'karakusa' which means Chinese grass of which one can even find an analysis written about it online in several places. It is decorated all along the inside wall with the clouds pattern called 雲 Kumo all the way around the inside, and a pattern encircling the bottom rim called the key pattern. It has no cracks or chips but a few flea bite size age spots as can be seen in the pictures and some minor staining on the bottom, it is still gorgeous. It is not crooked, just the photographer is. A very nice Imari pedestal bowl dating to 1800's and the end of the Edo or beginning of the Meiji period, 1868-1912, very possibly older.
SIZE: Width 5.12” or 13 cm, Height 4.33” or 11 cm,
Imari 伊万里焼 porcelain
Imari 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 through the present day.
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