1890's Oriental Japanese Arita Imari Meiji Porcelain Rice Slop Bowl
1890's Oriental Japanese Arita Imari Red, Blue, White
Meiji Period Porcelain Rice or Slop Bowl
A small and beautiful circa 1890's Victorian/Edwardian era Imari slop bowl or rice bowl in deep reds, blues measuring 5 inches in diameter. It is decorated both inside and out with Imari floral embellishments.
The center has the polychrome Imari colours of reds, cobalt blue, deep and pastel oranges, white with light touches of green and the typical oriental pedestal rim. This one has a beautiful and bulbous vase flower arranging image on bowl bottom. It may have also been used as slop bowls in the Victorian English tea tradition.
Info: Arita and Imari are located in the Nishimatsuura District, Saga, Japan. The area is famous for pottery, porcelain or ceramic production, much like the Staffordshire pottery trade in England, although centuries earlier. Arita was one of the first sites to produce porcelain about 400 years ago, when Kaolin was found there in abundance. The trade calls it Arita Ware, Imari Arita Ware, or simply Imari, an important traditional craft of Japan. In general, "Imari" is also a term coined by westerners for the popular Japanese export porcelain made in the Arita area, decorated in cobalt blue, reds, gold, and black made to copy Japanese ware. Other colours can also be present. The Arita and Imari wares were in export heavily to European countries from the 1600's to the early 20th century. Staffordshire, England made a massive trade in copying the Arita designs.
This bowl was made during the 1868-1912 Meiji Period in Japanese history. This corresponds to the reign of Emperor Meiji in the mid to late English Victorian years.
This lovely old piece was found in Devon. These bowls were traditionally packed into wooden crates filled with hay, then loaded onto ships in Japanese ports bound for a long sea journey. They arrived to English ports and new owners. This small and beautiful old original bowl holds well in your hand. See close up photos.
Condition, no chips cracks or repairs, just as seen in photos.
Size: 5 inch diameter, 2.5 inches high
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