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Japanese Imari porcelain bowl, Arita, c. 1700. Genroku Period.


A fine and large Japanese Imari porcelain bowl, Arita, late 17th Century. Hand painted in typical Imari colours, of underglaze blue, iron red, pale green, yellow and aubergine enamels, with a continuous scene of flowering plants, emerging from rocks, and behind banded fences. The footrim with a whorl motif in underglaze blue.
The interior painted with a large circular panel of flowering plants, above a formal fence, surrounded by flowering trees, representing the ‘Three Friends of Winter’, prunus, plum and bamboo.
Having continuous bands of stylised foliage to the interior and exterior rims.

Cherry blossom mark, to the underside.

Diameter – 24.7 cm, 9 3/4”.

Height – 11 cm, 4 1/4”.

Condition – Typical minor wear to the gilding, commensurate with the age of the bowl. No damage. No restoration.