A Japanese Imari Porcelain Baluster Vase, Aria Kilns c.1680-1720. The Cobalt Blue Ground Vase has Circular and Lozenge Shaped Pierced Panels. The Tapered Panels within the Blue Ground Have Scenes of Elegantly Dressed Person in a Building with Horses. These Panels are Separated by Panels of a Triple Gourd Vase Full of Flowers.
n good condition, a glaze crack or firing fault to the side, the cover is missing, some wear to the gilding.
Japanese Imari Porcelain :
Imari Porcelain is the European collectors` name for a type of Japanese Porcelain made in the town of Arita, in the former Hizen Province, north western Kyūshū, and exported via the port of Imari, specifically for the European Export trade. Imari was simply the trans-shipment port for Arita wares, no porcelain was made there. The kilns at Arita formed the heart of the Japanese Porcelain industry, which developed in the early 17th century. Although Imari originating in Japan the tern is used to describe a whole range of ceramics from all over the world, they are all linked by their bright distinctive palette of blue, red and gold. The cobalt that created the blue was added prior to glazing, while the iron-oxide red and the gilding were applied after glazing.