My name is XXXXX XXXXX I would be happy to help with your beautiful Imari bowls.
Thanks for the excellent photo. I can see exactly what you have. This is lovely old Japanese translucent white Seto porcelain. Could you very kindly attach a photo of the design on the sides and also the mark on the base so I can confirm the age for you and then I'll give you a full answer and value.
Here's a REALLY simple way of attaching additional photos (three clicks and a copy and paste and you are done).
Go to http://www.imgur.com/
(no need to 'log in' or 'register' it makes it far too complicated)
Click on Computer
Select the pictures you want to send me from the box that pops up.
Click on Start Upload
And then copy the link they give you. It will look similar to this http://www.imgur.com/xxxx and it's located right under where it says Link (email & IM) and paste it here where you are typing to me.
Many thanks and wait to hear,
Got on to imgur, selected photos for opening,can't seem to initiate download of photos....any other suggestions....? Thanks. Sarah
I'm sorry you are having difficulties with Imgur. Not sure why that is.
Here's another equally easy-to-use free public picture hosting site that may be better for you.
Go to http://www.tinypic.com/ Click on choose file
(it will then automatically pull up your picture files).
Select the image you want to send me and click open
Return to the tiny pic page and click Upload Now
Answer the little anti-spam puzzle
and it brings you to a bunch of links.
Click on the one under URL for E-Mail & IM
Click on the link to make it turn black,
right click, and hit copy
Then paste to where you are typing to me.
Let me know if you are still having problems and I'll give you "Plan C"
Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX to have worked quickly......Sarah
Appears that only ONE photo was uploaded....here's a view of the floral design......perhaps they all (7) showed up, I couldn't retrieve what was uploaded....let me know...appreciate your help. Sarah
Thanks so much.
I got these two:
which is perfect, and all I need.
Now that I see the mark, these are not as old as I first suspected, and date to the 1960s or 1970s.
This "GOLD IMARI" trade name on Japanese export porcelain was first registered in the US on the 1st of December 1959. The company was Arita Bussan Co., Ltd. Corp. Japan No. 8, 3-Chrome Iida-Machi, Higashi-Ku, Nahoya, Japan.
They are no longer trading under this name, by October 29, 1984, the brand had been abandoned.
The Japanese kanji character is 有 Yū
meaning "Yes" but can also mean "possess; have; exist; happen; occur",
so take your pick!
The bowls are nicely enameled with a combination of printed designs and hand painting and the diaper brocade border and gold trim are beautifully done.
Sadly, Japanese Arita Imari from this era is rather unappreciated by collectors at the moment and values reflect that.
If you were to sell the set at auction, or on line, they would fetch in the range of $120 - $180 for the set. They therefore have a retail or replacement value of $360 and is what you should insure them for.
I do hope this helps! And thanks for all your perseverance with the photos.
Please let me know if you would like any further information on this, I would be glad to.