A colorful and sculptural set of five Arita Imari plates with intricate and professional hand painting from the late 19th Century.
The porcelain plates were molded with barbed rims and vertically ribbed cavettos. The central design of a red and gold bird flying above blue, gold, green and red-leafed bamboo. The rim is painted in under glaze cobalt in a cloud pattern. Gilding has been used to accent the paintings and along the rim.. The underside is painted in cobalt with a scrolling vine pattern.
The foot is slightly raised and is glazed. The base is glazed and has four sager marks. The glaze is slightly bluish and is thick and very smooth feeling. The bases are marked with a six-character Chinese Chenghua emperor’s reign mark in cobalt blue.
8 5/8” (21.9 cm) diameter x 1 3/8” (3.4 cm) tall. Weighs 5 lbs 4.5 oz (2400 g)
One plate has a rim chip. The rest of the plates have no cracks, chips or breaks. There are scratches from wear to the wells, glaze losses to bamboo leaves, and light to moderate wear to the gilding. There is slight grit at the foot and customary kiln flaws, such as black spots, reserve spots, and bumps.
A great set of Imari dishes to decorate with or add to a collection.
Set of Five Meiji Japanese Arita Barbed Rim Plates Chenghua Mark