These Japanese antique Imari 19c bowls were made in the early Meiji period of 1868-1912. These lovely Imari bowls are each sold separately. The most unique part of the design is in the arabesque or 'Tarakusa' design around the sides. It looks like each one was painted in its own square then the squares were connected together. It is also unusual to have the colors separated in this manner with what looks like a blue scalloped stamp with the arabesque curved painted in red than with the stamps all connected together. Additionally, the arabesgue or karakusa design is highlighted in blue 'pencil thin lines' called 'sengaki' which add even more detail to the piece but are usually seen all the way around, in the case of these bowls they are found on parts of the arabesque swirls. The insides design of plaid is not often seen, and the colors of blue, red, green and yellow are done well in a good combination of colors highlighted in gold on the plaid sections. The sections on the inside alternate between 'sansui' or landscape art and an unusual Asian flower, the center is decorated with the botan-karakusa or floral- arabesque design. Finally, on the side outside of the foot rimm is found a beautiful border in the popular key design. The foot is decorated with three blue rings. The top rim is highlighted in heavy gold trim.
These antique Imari bowls are in excellent condition with no cracks or chips. There is very little surface wear. They are not signed or marked which is not unusual for Imari. There are however some very large stickers with the words 'Inspected by Japanese Pottery Inspection Association', which I have not seen before. Again these were made during the Meiji period and the stickers tell us most likely exported after the early 1920's, therefore, the stickers. When purchasing one of these bowls please let us know if you care which you receive considering the partially removed sticker.
Size: Diameter Seven inches or 17.78 cm in , Height 2.5 inches or 6.35 cm. Weight: 1 lb 2 oz or 544 grams. Ships from Virginia, shipping may require adjustment, or please inquire with your zip code.
Imari porcelain 伊万里焼き
Imari 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 Japanese, these porcelains are also known as Arita-yaki '有田焼'
Imari was simply the transshipment port for Arita wares. There are many styles of Imari, 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. These wares 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. See more history of Imari on Gotheborg's, and through the several links to other Imari sites in our Favorites Links on our Homepage and so much more in many books that can also be found on the internet.