These Japanese antique 19th Century Imari Porcelain plates date to the mid-1800's at the age of about 150 years old were a purchase from a Japanese dealer and date to the beginning of the Meiji period of 1868-1912. Please note we found we have three of these, so are changing the post to a per plate price and will update the pictures. They are handmade of lovely old white porcelain in the Rokkaku-zara or six sided, and in this case, a lovely rounded hexagon shape. They are skillfully hand drawn and hand painted artwork of Mt. Fuji in the background and six cranes- three on the ground and three in the air. The cranes themselves have an unusual style of artwork, they remind me of some I have seen on Kakiemon pieces, so then I am wondering if these could actually be old unmarked Kakiemon. They are surrounded by sailboats and landscape of a lake in both underglaze and overglaze enamels, which are very bright still. Nice and a very unique combination of painted colors on white porcelain in green, brown, wine- red, yellow and gold enamels. A border surrounds the unique and rare shape of a medium sized plate. They are in very good condition, no cracks or chips. There is some age wear to the surface of 'flea bites' and minor surface wear to the paint but still holding its vibrancy of color. Stands not included but can help you find some!
SIZE: Width 6.3"or 16 cm, Length 5.5"or 13.97 cm, Height 1.4"or 3.55 cm. Weight 200 grams or 0.44 of a pound each
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. Imari was 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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