Vintage Imari Porcelain Small Bowl, Gold Accents, Set of 4
Vintage Imari Porcelain Small Bowl, w/Gold Accents, Blue, Red Orange and Green decorate these traditional handpainted Imari Style Small Bowl, Set of Four. Purchased from a Collectors estate, marked Japan. Sold by collectors family, collected to match other purchased while traveling in Europe. A wonderful addition to any collection.
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DIMENSIONS: 2.75" H x 4.5" DIA
ORIGIN: Marked, Japan
CIRCA: 20th Century
FACTS & HISTORY: Imari ware is a Western term for a brightly-colored style of Japanese export porcelain made in the area of Arita, in the former Hizen Province. They were exported in large quantities including a wide range of porcelain that was made and decorated in Japan primarily for export to Europe and later to North America, with significant quantities going to south and southeastern Asian markets. Production for export to the West falls almost entirely into two periods, firstly between the 1650s and 1740s, and then the period from the 1850s onwards.
The wares produced are a complex and varying mixture of styles, based on Chinese porcelain, the local Japanese pottery and porcelain (itself much influenced by Korean porcelain), and European styles and tastes. Often the shapes were dictated by the export markets, but the decoration was predominantly East Asian in style, although quite often developed from Dutch imitations of Chinese pieces.The porcelains are generally small and sparsely painted in underglaze blue for the domestic market, but there are also some large green celadon dishes, apparently made for the southeast Asian market, in a porcelaneous stoneware.
Chinese export porcelain made for European markets was a well-developed trade before Japanese production of porcelain even began, but the Japanese kilns were able to take a significant share of the market from the 1640s, when the wars of the transition between the Ming dynasty and the Qing dynasty disrupted production of the Jingdezhen porcelain that made up the bulk of production for Europe, and indeed were previously very popular in Japan itself.