Japanese IMARI porcelain, rounded hexagonal VASE, with alternating patterns-two panels and the neck are of thick overglaze black enamel with white and orange & gold plum blossoms; the other 4 panels bear designs of "kiku" (chrysanthemum)and "botan"(peony) flowers and leaves and buds, all emanating from a single lower stem. The vase was broken in several places many years ago and has been skillfully restored. In tradional Japanese style, no attempt was made to hide the cracks because the idea that these pieces were quite valuable - enough so to repair them and leave the signs of repair as a sign of reverence for the age and value. Height=9 inches (23 cms.)daimeter at shoulder is 4 inches (10.2 cms.) the diameter at the rim is 1.4 inches (3.4 cms.) and the bottom diameter is 3.25 inches
(3.1 cms.) Circa: early 18th centruy, Edo era. A fine addition to any collection of Japanese Imari.