Posted 2 years ago
This porcelain 14th generation Imaemon stem cup is 2.75" high, is signed and includes the original tomobako. It is missing its ribbon and any associated paperwork, though. It is decorated in poly-chrome enamels with cherry blossoms on a pure white porcelain. The significance of a 14th generation Imaemon piece is explained in the link below. Also included is a brief biography of the artist, which I have not quite plagiarized!
This is way outside of what I normally collect, but it struck my fancy and was not very expensive. Guessing its value will increase when there is an Imaemon XV!
Not sure how to categorize this one. It is not pottery, it is not glass and there is no plain "Porcelain" or "Japanese Porcelain" category. It does not fit into one of the existing porcelain categories... Guessing a new category is needed? Sticking it under "Japanese Antiques"...
"And in 2002, his son, Masato, succeeded as Imaemon XIV. Inheriting traditional techniques of Iro-Nabeshima, Imaemon XIV also has been exploring exquisite characters of modern Iro-Nabeshima in his own way by using “sumi-hajiki” (traditional technique of the reverse pattern in white by using India ink’s feature of repelling pigment and disappearing after firing). He won special recognition for his art from the Japanese government (Shijyu hosho, Medal with Purple Ribbon) in 2009 and was designated as a Living National Treasure (an Important Intangible Cultural Property -overglaze enamel decorated porcelain) in 2014."