A Very Large Japanese Imari Porcelain Vase and Hollow Reticulated Domed Cover, Arita Kilns c.1690-1730. Finely Decorated in Bright Enamels and a Strong Deep Cobalt Blue with Pairs of Birds in Different Settings. They are a Cockerel and a Hen, A Pair of Mandarin Ducks (Representing marital faithfulness) Among Tall Rabbit-Ear Iris. A Pair of Peacock Among Prunus.
Damage : The jar : crack to the rim c.21 mm ( this is barely visible to the exterior), some fritting just above the foot. The cover : extensively damaged below the finial, repaired from numerous pieces and poorly restored with heavy over painting.
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.