Flying Cranes Antiques Ltd. - Antique Arts of Japan

Large Imari Tray

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1920: Item # 919923

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This is a massive, rectangular Imari tray with foliate rim executed in various shades of the traditional Imari palette. Elaborate cartouches along the rim show scenes of lush vegetation in brilliant iron red and gilt, all on a blue diamond-patterned ground. Iron red brocading frames a quiet scene of Chinese sages gathered under a gnarled pine engaged in studious pursuits. Clad in long flowing robes, the sages contemplate the tree's pine needles (symbolic of longevity), and gather to listen to their colleague recite the writings on a scroll. The scene is rendered in soft pastel hues with exquisite gilt detailing. This rare Imari tray is in excellent condition with no problems. Length: 20", width: 17" 19th Century, Japan