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age :ca 1700 A.D.
size :Dia 21 x H 9.5 (cm)
size :Dia 8 1/4" x H 3 3/4" (inch)
box :Wooden box
A bowl of beautiful shape and ample depth, made around the Genroku era (around 1700 A.D.) when Imari porcelain was at its peak of its 400-year history.
This Old-imari style ware employs the "Some-nishiki" technique: polychrome is fired over underglaze blue and touched with gold. Plants of the four seasons are painted in superb balance on the entire surface.
The sophisticated design and the shape of the bowl shows that it possesses the quality of being used for gifts to high-ranking individuals.
It is in mint condition, with absolutely no chips nor traces of repair- very rare for an item of this period.
Comes in a wooden box.
About the artist
Imari, or Gold Imari as it is sometimes called, is a general term for Japanese porcelain born in Arita of Northern Kyushu, Japan, at the beginning of the 17th century. The name Imari comes from the port that the porcelain was shipped from, similar to some European wines named after their ports of shipment.
Imari captivated the hearts of European royalties in the mid-17th century, as seen in the Dresden Porcelain Collection by Germany's Augustus the Strong and the extensive Imari collection at Hampton Court Palace. It has continued to charm the world for four hundred years since then.
Imari exists in a variety of shapes, from dinnerware and bottles that make the most of porcelain's water-resistant quality, to decorative objects of all forms including large vases that are used to furnish spacious rooms. Its designs are also extensive, including blue and white, polychrome and the gorgeous gold overglaze called Old-Imari style. Kakiemon and Nabeshima porcelain also belong to the Imari family.
The value of Imari varies according to the production dates. At Fuji-torii, we label those made before around the year 1650 "Early Imari" or "Early Iro-e"; those from around 1660 to 1730 "Old Imari", and those until around 1880 "Imari". Furthermore, we call the newer works created with modern ceramic techniques (using European modern firing techniques and polychrome) "Arita Porcelain".