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age :ca 1700 A.D.
size :Dia 14.7 x H 4 (cm)
size :Dia 5 3/4" x H 1 1/2" (inch)
box :Wooden box
"Iro Nabeshima" is considered the summit of Japanese antique porcelain. This piece was made around the Genroku period (A.D. 1700), when Iro Nabeshima was at the height of production. The narcissus pattern is typically Nabeshima, painted and fired over "Sometsuke" (underglaze cobalt), using the "Some-nishiki" technique. A scrolling design of underglaze cobalt unique to Nabeshima and comb-shaped patterns are painted on the back of the plate.
Nabeshima was the only officially owned kiln. Among all the kilns of Imari, which has been praised by the world since the 17th century, it is known for being the official kiln for the Nabeshima feudal domain, and for its use of the choicest materials and craftsmen. The remaining quantity of works is small, making it a highly valuable art.
This plate is in mint condition, with no chips or traces of repair. Comes in a wooden box with a silk cord.
Iro Nabeshima
The name of Nabeshima originates in the Nabeshima feudal domain that ruled the area where Imari, the first porcelain of Japan, was being produced. The Nabeshima lords kept an official kiln and provided it with the best materials and the best of the craftsmen who made Imari porcelain, and ordered it to produce official gifts that the Nabeshima clan offered to the Imperial family, the aristocracy, the Shogunate and other clans. The porcelain thus produced at the official kiln came to be called Nabeshima ware.
Strictly speaking, Nabeshima is part of Imari, but its unique style, the designs, its integrity supported by profound aesthetics and its scarcity have elevated it to one of Japan's quintessential porcelains. Museums across the world have acquired Nabeshima, which has become every porcelain collector's dream.
There are several categories of Nabeshima: Sometsuke (Ai Nabeshima), Iro-e (Iro Nabeshima), Celadon (Nabeshima Seiji) and others. Works produced around the Genroku period (1688-1703 A.D.) are especially considered the pinnacle of Nabeshima for their consummate beauty.