Large Imari Chinese Porcelain Charger 18th Century circa 1760


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This beautiful Chinese porcelain charger is hand-painted in the Imari style. It dates to the Qianlong period of the Qing dynasty, circa 1760. The charger has a vivid palette of iron-red, peach, underglaze cobalt blue, and gold. In the center, we see a basket overflowing with flowers: chrysanthemums, peonies, and plum tree flowers, all in full bloom. The decoration is beautifully gilded, which gives the design a luxurious touch. The broad rim of the dish is adorned with scrolling vines, flowers, and far-away waterside views. In Chinese tradition, peonies symbolize royalty, wealth, and honor, plum tree flowers symbolize endurance, and chrysanthemums symbolize abundance and long life. Typical of the Chinese Imari ware at that time, the back of the charger bears a sketch of two branches of plum blossoms. At the center the reverse shows the lingzhi mark in underglaze blue inside a double blue circle.

Dimensions: 13.75″ diameter x 1.5″ height

Condition: Excellent

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Background of Chinese Imari porcelains

In the late 17th century, Japanese potters in Arita first made export porcelains with elaborate gilt designs to cater to European consumers. As the wares were shipped abroad from the port of Imari, this category of brilliantly enameled porcelain was conventionally known as “Imari ware.” From the early 18th century, Chinese artisans followed the Japanese example and manufactured similar Imari-style porcelain products identified by connoisseurs as “Chinese Imari ware.” Our refined charger is an excellent example of mature Chinese Imari Porcelain for the West.


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