Set of Five Imaizumi Imaemon Nabeshima Dishes with Box
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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1980: item # 741797
Please refer to our stock # 2-828A45 when inquiring.
B & C Antiques
P. O. Box 291
Derby, CT 06418
For Set of Five
These superior quality Japanese iro Nabeshima porcelain dishes with sloping sides are boldly hand painted in polychrome enamels on a pure white ground. The mark of Imaizumi Imaemon is painted in underglaze blue within the foot ring. We believe these dishes to be by either Imaemon XII (1897-1975) or early Imaemon XIII (1926-2001), which would date them to the mid to late 20th century. In striking contrast to the clear white porcelain body, the front of each dish is simply and subtly decorated with a vibrant red overglaze enamel camellia blossom and unopened red bud. The blossoms and buds are set against veined leaves painted in underglaze blue and soft overglaze green enamels. The undecorated reverse side has three underglaze blue rings surrounding the foot. The set comes with its original kiri wood tomobako (storage box).
The Nabeshima family kilns were founded in 1660. They produced wares to be used by the feudal lord Nabeshima as presentation pieces for the shogun or other feudal lords, and as a result, the wares were of extremely fine quality. Secrets of manufacture were closely guarded. During the Meiji period, Nabeshima wares were allowed to be sold outside the “family.” The Imaizumi family of decorators, who worked at the Nabeshima kilns from the beginning, has continued to carry on the Nabeshima tradition.
Imaizumi Imaemon gradated from Tokyo University of Art before becoming the thirteenth Imaemon in 1975, and he was designated a “Living National Treasure” in 1989. The iro Nabeshima (colored Nabeshima) style was registered as an important cultural property In 1971. Nabeshima wares produced to this day are of uniformly superior quality in materials, shape, painting and glazing. These wares are of the finest quality and are decorated in refined taste – technically, almost equal to the old specimens.
CONDITION is perfect.
DIMENSIONS: 4 ¾” (12.1 cm) diameter, 7/8” (2.3 cm) high.