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age :contemporary
size :Dia32.2 x H36(cm)
size :Dia12 3/4 x H14 1/4(inch)
box :Original wooden box w/signature
This is an imitated 17c. Imari antique. The bowl has a cover with a "temple lion" finial. The design is called "Old Japan Style": phoenixes and plants, Imari's traditional design, are painted with enamel on a cobalt blue underglaze, and finished with gold paint.
Comes in a wooden box with the artist's signature.
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".