Antique Imari porcelain dish with underglaze blue and polychrome Nishikide design from the mid-Meiji Period. Nishikide Imari wares are also referred to as brocade Imari in historical Japanese terms to label wares that use a dense design and particular palette of overglaze enamels along with underglaze blue. This Japanese use of the term brocade is more broadly applied than in the West and simply refers to a decorative technique that uses ‘mass of brilliant colors’ to fully cover a surface rather than any resemblance to brocaded fabric, per se (see Irene Stitt's 'Japanese Ceramics of the last 100 years,' published in 1974 by Crown Publishers, Inc., New York and in which the author mainly covers the wares produced in Japan between about 1868 to about 1968). The interior of this interesting fan-shaped dish has medallions and reserves that are accented with various of designs in the Nishikide palette: underglaze blue and overglaze iron red, turquoise green, muddy purple, lemon yellow, watery orange, with very fine outlines using a pencil or single hair brush in grayish black (see all Photos).
This dish is from the mid Meiji Period or about 1875 to 1895. The Meiji period runs from 1868 to 1912. The exterior of this dish is decorated in a more traditional Japanese Imari pattern with lots of undecorated surface and just a few iron red sprigs below a red and blue border band (see Photos). The interior, however is a decorated in a more commercial style with less precise designs, uneven washes and rather meaningless design elements, cross hatching and embellishments. However, by 1900, many of these brocaded style Imari wares were more mechanically rendered and lack the hand painted individualism of the early to mid Meiji period.
This dish has a pleasing shape with two rim edges scalloped and the other two plain. The curving front face suggests that this dish may be part of a supper-set or service wheel (or breakfast-set service wheel) where fan-shaped dishes create a full circle or wheel around a center dish. In this case, the dish in the center of the wheel would be six-sided (hexagonal). The bottom inside has a 12-sided rosette in relief that is also painted in enamels with small stylized inserts. So if you are looking for a nice antique Japanese Imari porcelain dish from the late 1800s that is hand painted in a Nishikide style that displays well, then consider this example while it is still available. And as always, this dish also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund (see full Return Policy details farther below).
SIZE & CONDITION: This dish stands about 2 1/4 inches tall and measures a maximum 5 5/8 inches wide across its from scallop rim. It sits on a well defined foot ring that has a diameter of about 2 1/16 inches. Also, this dish is in very good condition with no chips, hairlines, stains, repairs or restorations. A nice antique Imari porcelain dish that is a perfect size to use as a candy dish or for displaying on a shelf, mantle, table top, counter, window sill or in a china cabinet or hutch and will capture interest and conversation in most any setting. Of course, if the buyer is not completely satisfied, then she/he may return this dish for a refund (see our complete return policy noted below).
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