A nice example of the Imari Meiji period (1868 – 1912) hand painted large bowl. It is 9 ½" in diameter and stands 3 ½" high and is a heavy piece. It is not marked on bottom. The base has a heavy foot rim with good overall condition with some rubbing of the gilt gold on inside of bowl and rim. There are no chips, cracks or repairs on this piece. The pattern images are of birds, plants and different raised geometric patterns with blues, greens, red-rusts, browns and gold gilt.
"Imari" refers to the Japanese port city of Imari, well known for its exported porcelain - dubbed "Imari porcelain" by European collectors - made in nearby Arita. The Meiji period refers to the 45-year rule of the Japanese Emperor Meiji, under whom Japan began its modernization and became a world power.