Monday, February 25, 2013

OLD IMARI (古伊万里 ) and Antique Imari

Although my blog emphasizes "modern", one cannot discuss Japanese ceramics without understanding its past. 

Kaku Ao (Mark of the Aoki Bothers of Arita)  Aoki Kyodai Shokai began in the 1890's.

This sometsuke bowl motif is called Sansui....a land and seascape, which can include craggy rocks, water, mountains, a small structure and sometimes a boat. 

        Some-nishiki plates.  Kaku Ao with red "久"?

            Here is another Aoki mark used @the Taisho period


Yoshi MARK 
          This plate is a sansui/some-nishiki motif.

The red Hizen MARK in the center of this plates was common in the Meiji Period 1868-1912

This is a lid with the Hizen mark

This bowl is 13cm in diameter


This small 10.5cm Sometsuke plate is probably from late Edo to early Meiji Period (1860's)


10 cm Sometsuke Ko-Imari plate (小皿) with rough Kinsugi golden repair



Imari sometsuke tea cup late 1800's

             19th century  Imari Iroe (色絵) 28cm plate with Hana Kago center motif


                                       Antique Imari cover for a bowl

Antique Tokkuri

These bottles were made in Arita as well as in Tobe. This may be either. They are all very similar and unmarked.


       29 cm tall (15") 73cm around at widest part circa late Edo period
          Sometsuke Rocks and Peony motif (岩牡丹染め付け)


These little bowls came in a very old wooden box. There were ten bowls, but three had small chips. I believe these may be soba choko or perhaps bowls for simmered vegetables. The painting on them is very fuzzy so it is not my iPhone's fault. 

    Sometsuke flower shaped rim with simple "mikomi" center design, Circa 1850's 


       Imari Sometsuke small hand painted dish with bird, squid, fan, and other traditional patterns

Sometsuke Tea bowl with mark somewhat similar to the one above.

       Imari Iroe 16cm bowl with "Snake's Eye" foot, circa mid to late 19th century

Small Meiji era hand painted Sometsuke bowls with snake eyes variation on the foot.
              Nazuna Flower motif. c. 1900

 Meiji period Namasu with Sho Chiku Bai in the center (mikomi).

This also has a "sho chiku bai" motif probably late Meiji/ early Taisho era. 

This is a top found on the bottom shelf at a charity shop. It has the Kakutomi mark on it. This is probably mid Meiji period. 

Shida Yaki. Late 1800's Meiji era, Imari sometsuke plate 29cm in diameter. It has six stilt marks, no additional markings.

IMARI DISH-Meiji era

                   17cm wide 12.5 cm tall


16.5 cm diameter, The center is a pomegranate motif, alternating Longevity mark  and form of red "fern" Shida Karakusa on the outer panels.  


    15cm wide 12.5cm tall         Imari sansui some-nishiki plate 

Some snapshots from an Auction house

Imari with spurious Chinese reign marks as decoration

Abalone shaped dish 16.4 cm x 13.5 cm

               Sei Ka Nen Sei (成化年製)

19th century small bowl in the "Kikka" (菊花) chrysanthemum motif. Kikkagata zara-chrysanthemum shaped plate. The flowers have 16 petals both in the outer shape as well as in the center.  The back mark is a Chinese mark used on Japanese wares from the mid Edo period. 奇玉宝鼎之珍 (In Japanese would read: ki gyuoku hou tei no chin)

Spurious "Dai Min Sei Ka Nen Sei" mark often found on Japanese antique porcelain. 

These are tops to bowls. Fuki cho shun marking.


    Imari oval plate, no mark.

Three Friends of Winter (sho-chiku-bai) central motif with Uzu-Fuku mark

Edo period Imari plate with Uzufuku mark (attributed to Kakiemon).

       Zoshuntei Sanpo Zo 蔵春亭三保造



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  3. Can you please tell me what these are and maybe a date please - thanks

    1. Late 20th. Wakayama or Jyakuzan ( 2 readings)


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