A Very Large Rare 18th century Japanese Porcelain Comport

c.1700 - 1730

A Very Large Rare 18th century Japanese Porcelain Comport, Arita Kilns c.1700-1730. This substantial and heavily potted Japanese export porcelain comport has a tapered raised base, the sides curve to an everted rim. The central area uses pierced work on two of the flowering flowers, the other flowers have burnished decoration the thick gold surface. The blue is very bright and the whole piece exudes opulence.  The central scene is of a Shisa (Buddhist lion) among brocaded balls, some in the form of Chinese ‘cash’. 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.


A large slightly open rim crack c.7 cm, tiny amount of gilding added to the front to disguise it. A long flat chip to the insides rim poorly filled. A small firing fault gilded over.
Diameter 35.3cm (13inches) Height 13.8 cm (5 1/2 inches).
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