Japanese Porcelain Imari Plate Imperial Chrysanthemum Meiji 壽 Antique c 1880
A Japanese porcelain scalloped rim Imari pattern porcelain plate with hand painted and gilded intricate detail including three under-glaze blue and enamel floral and butterfly cartouches. Each of the cartouches are further decorated to the right with a scene of a room of a Japanese house viewed from outside with a large prunus tree growing above it. Each has the same image of a seated figure leaning against a low table, with a fenced verandah to the front. The left side has stylised wave scrolls.
This is a great example of antique Japanese Imari palette porcelain from the late 19th century dating from around 1880 during the Meiji period.
The decoration features an under-glaze blue pattern outline that has been completed with iron red, peach and green enamels and gilding. The central pattern is of a stylised sixteen petal Chrysanthemum flower the usual Japanese Imperial symbol.
The rear of the plate has the hand painted pattern of three equally spaced under-glaze blue iron red enamel and gilded stylised prunus branches design and three border rings. This is a very good quality item and a very decorative example of this antique ware. The base is marked with a red and gilt mark which we believe to be a stylised version of Kotobuki 壽 for Good Fortune or Shou in Chinese for Longevity.
The plate 8 5/8 inches diameter and 1 1/2 inches high, it weighs 523g unpacked
It is in good antique condition with some rubbing and loss to the gilding and a short crack to the rim, probably from a plate hanger. Please see the images.
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