A huge Arita Imari commemorative charger. This exceedingly rare charger celebrates the arrival of trains in Japan The first line ran between Tokyo and Yokohama and opened in 1872. As the charger accurately portrays the trains were diminutive by today's standards. In fact, the British who supplied the trains provided a narrower gage than in the West and that standard still holds true today in Japan. The charger has vibrant underglaze cobalt blue as well as unique pink and green underglaze decoration. The people portray a technological contrast with their rickshaws, horses and yoke water carriers as they gaze in wonder at the future. The harbor, too, contrasts the old sailing vessels and sampans with a new steam boat. At this time Japan was in love with western technological advances.
The charger is heavily potted and a massive 25 inches in diameter and 3-1/4 inches high. It has no cracks, nicks or chips. At 1 o'clock there is a brush stroke that comes from the rim into the plate. Be it a mistake or purposely painted, it is original. The charger dates from the Meiji period. Our price includes the hand-wrought iron stand. Shipping at cost from Delaware, USA.