Pair Large Imari Jars Hand-Painted Porcelain Late 19th Century Meiji Period


This pair of hand-painted, antique Japanese Imari porcelain jars dates to the late 19th century, circa 1880. The jars are decorated with a traditional Japanese Imari motif of birds and flowers painted in enamels of intense iron red, deep cobalt blue, peach, and gold. They have a wine jar shape with a high domed and flanged lid. The finials are well-formed traditional shi-shi, guardian lions. They are spotted and gilded. An exquisite panel on the front and back of each jar is the main feature of the jars. Each of the panels shows a bird among flowering fruit tree blossoms and chrysanthemums (see images 1,2,4, and 7). The ground around the panels is filled with flowers and scrolling vines.

Dimensions: 16″ x 8″ diameter at the widest point x 5.35″ diameter at the base

Condition: Excellent

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Background of Imari Porcelain

Imari ware was traditionally made around Arita in the former Hizen Province of Japan beginning in the 16th century and continuing through the mid 18th century. In the second half of the 19th century, Imari ware was revived, much of it made for export to Europe.

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