Colorful, glittering, detailed well-potted handmade and hand-painted Japanese Imari bowls that will add richness to your home. They are a true matching pair.
Hand-potted porcelain bowls that show their hand manufacture by the rings on the unglazed bases. They have been potted with a scalloped edge which transitions to a shallow ridge to the central medallion. They have been painted initially with a deep dark cobalt under glaze and then rich iron red, green, gray, and gold over glaze enamels. Black was used to accent and define. The bowls have a lot of gold enamel.
The central medallion has a design of a peach with the added workmanship of incised lines in the peach and leaves. The designs of the bowl cavettos are alternating panels of flower and fruit arrangements in baskets set within exquisite fabric designs. The outsides of the bowls have Buddhist symbols in red and cobalt blue. There are multiple concentric rings above the foot in under glaze cobalt. The foot is slightly raised with an unglazed base with a glazed center.
There are matching Japanese character in cobalt blue in the center of the base of each bowl. The base of each bowl also have old, yellowed paper labels that read “Colored Imari porcelain over 150 years old."
Each bowl measures 6” (15.3 cm) diameter x 1 ¾” (4.4 cm) tall. Weighs 1 lb 2.6 oz (525 g)
There are no cracks or breaks. The two bowls ring true. There is a small chip on the inside of the foot ring of one bowl that doesn’t show from the outside. There is gilding wear on the mouth rim of both bowls. There are manufacture flaws such as smudges on the outside, glaze reserves, and bumps. They look bright and shiny.
A rich, sumptuous pair of bowls that will add glitter and substance to a dark corner of your home.