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 flowering mums in the center medallion sitting upon a terrace enclosure, and with panels of prunus, chrysanthemums, and other flowering branches in the outer border, all vibrantly executed in traditional imari palette including iron-red, blue, orange, gilt and green. This is a rich and gorgeous piece with great presence.
Size and Condition: A large piece at 18 inches in diameter, 2 1/2 inches deep. There is only some very minor wear to the enamels and gilding commensurate with age. There is a 3/4 inch chip to the rim edge at the one o'clock position noticeable from the front, but it really does not detract from the piece. The charger is very resonant, and due to its large size and thick porcelain, it rings like a church bell.