Nippon Compote: Art Deco Stylized Flowers
Attractive and unusual old Nippon compote with stylized 5-petalled blue flowers trimmed in gold. This compote is in very good condition. In the picture on the right it looks as if there is paint missing from two of the flowers (the one at 6 o'clock and at 9 o'clock) but this is just due to a light reflection and not damage. Both the rim of the bowl and the edge of the base are trimmed in black and are gilded, and in addition, the base has 3 indentations that are similarly decorated. The wider decorated band around the base matches the band on the outside of the bowl and the decoration around the flowers. Early Nippon mark (green wreath with an M, which says "Hand Painted" and "Nippon"). Approximately 5 inches in height and the bowl has a diameter of 7¼ inches.
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Antique Japanese Imari/Arita charger, signed
Fantastic antique (1840) Imari charger that has a blue underglaze decoration on all surfaces. Diameter is 16½ inches and it has a slightly (~¼ inch) raised food on its underside. This small foot also has two thin blue lines circumscribing it and there is a third line on the underside of the rim (which is just barely visible in the photos). The area, where each of the green spokes radiating from the central medallion meets the rim, is slight indented (and hard to describe). Artist signed on the underside and in excellent condition. Has a certificate of authenticity from the gallery in Japan (Yamanaka and Co., Ltd.) where it was purchased. The signed certificate says: "Antique: Japanese Imari porcelain large plate with conventional flower design in blue glaze. Artist: unknown; Date: 1840". An impressive piece!