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Subject:Japanese imari?
Posted By: Xerach Mon, Aug 31, 2009 IP:

Hi. I recieved this plate from my dutch grandmother. I need to know if it's imari, and how old it is. Thank you very much in advance.

Posted By: Arjan Tue, Sep 01, 2009


Yes....., this seems to be a very nice Japanese Arita Imari plate.
The impressed mark you showed is the mark of Yamatoku (mountain virtue); a kiln from Saga prefecture that started in early Meiji (1868-1912) periode. This mark mostly can be found on transferware of the periode 1910-1920 (I have an example myself) but....your plate seems to be handpainted. This and the tomato red and dark blue makes me think this is an early example of this kiln.
A very nice gift......

Best regards (from Holland)


Posted By: Xerach Thu, Sep 03, 2009

Dank je wel Arjan (my written dutch is terrible cause I'm spanish, although I can speak it). I really appreciate your help. I'll try to send some new pics of the familie noire jars I posted in the main forum and see if someone can help me with those.

Groeten uit Spanje. Xerach.

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