From our Japanese Collection, a very fine and attractive pair of imari fan plates, Meiji Period (1868-1912), executed in the typical imari palette of iron-red, blue, orange, and gilt, depicting birds in flight against a ground of floral motifs and a prunus tree, all rendered on white porcelain in the shape of an open folding fan.
This pair is a very desirable and less frequently encountered form in Japanese imari, where the more typical chargers, plates, and vases tend to dominate the available offerings. A nearly identical pair is published in Japanese Export Ceramics, 1860-1920, by Nancy Schiffer, page 42.
Size and Condition: 11 inches maximum width, 9 inches maximum height, some minor rubbing of the gilt and enamels commensurate with age. Stands not included.