From our Japanese Collection, a large and beautiful imari charger, Meiji Period (1868-1912), one of two similar pieces we have, of scalloped-edge form with a basket of flowers in the center medallion, and panels of prunus and karakusa in the outer border, all vibrantly executed in traditional imari palette of iron-red, blue, orange, and gilt. This is a rich and gorgeous piece with great presence.
Size and Condition: A large piece at 17 1/2 inches in diameter, 2 1/2 inches deep. There is only some very minor wear to the enamels and gilding commensurate with age. The charger is very resonant, and due to its large size and thick porcelain, it rings like a church bell.