Hizen ware dish in Imari style

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1710-1750
Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear colorless glaze, enamels over glaze
Arita ware, Imari type
H x W: 7.7 x 55.5 cm (3 1/16 x 21 7/8 in)
Japan, Saga prefecture, Arita
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Arita ware, Imari type, Edo period (1615 - 1868), flower, Japan, porcelain, WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.

This dish bears a central motif of a bouquet of peonies in a vase resting on a terrace.  Borrowed from a sixteenth-century Chinese porcelain design, the motif appears often on large Arita dishes decorated in the Imari style, which combines underglaze cobalt blue pigment with red, green, and gold enamels.  Around the rim, zigzag lines separate peony sprays from camellias within cartouches on a chrysanthemum-patterned ground.

Published References
  • Yamane Yuzo. Nihon iroe koto shu. Tokyo. pl. 51.
  • H. Batterson Boger. The Traditional Arts of Japan: A Complete Illustrated Guide. Garden City. pl. 14.
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 62.
  • Tezuka Bunzo, Ko-Imari Chosa Iinkai. Koimari. Saga City. p. 151.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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