Imari and Arita Porcelain. One of the most popular and collected of the Japanese porcelains is Imari. Imari is in fact a European name for export porcelain produced in the town of Arita in the Hizen province of Japan. It was shipped through the nearby port of Imari from the second half of the 17th century and the first half of the 18th century. Pre-export period Imari is called Shoki-Imari.

There are two distinct styles of Arita or Imari porcelain.

Firstly there is the rare and highly sought after Kakiemon porcelain. It is sparsely decorated predominantly in coral red on a very fine white glaze. Highlight colours include yellow, green and aubergine Kakiemon wares are of a consistently high standard and command very high prices

In contrast, the more commonly found Imari in the west is called brocaded Imari or Kinrande Imari, and is usually richly decorated with flowers, foliage and figures. These pieces have an overall floral decoration reminiscent of a rich silk textile, and typical colours are underglaze cobalt blue and iron red, which is highlighted with colours such as gold, green, aubergine and yellow. more...

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Japanese rare Kakiemon style Arita porcelain model of a bulldog, 19th century, modelled as seated on its hind legs, his back decorated with floral design in the Kakiemon palette. Length 19 cm. Provenance: Gary Winther Collection

Japanese Imari porcelain fruit bowls (2), late 19th to early 20th century. Some wear.

A large Japanese Imari charger, Meiji period (1868-1912)., with intersecting panels and roundels all embellished with floral motifs including wisteria, peony and blossom and birds and insects in colours, with patterned borders in the typical blue, iron red

Large Japanese Imari Hibachi. Fish pattern inside, typical Imari pattern outside. Mt. Fuji mark to base. Height 30 cm

19th century oval Japanese Imari plate. Floral style rim. Old restoration, A/f. Diameter 33 cm

An octagonal Japanese. Imari plate, with phoenix pattern to centre, within panels of figures. Diameter 25 cm

Japanese Imari flat circular dish, c. 1900. Detailed floral pattern. Blue and white mark to base. Normally used for celebration. Diameter 23 cm

Japanese Arita porcelain plate. Decorated with panels of birds and trees, with Chinese style Ming mark to bottom, gold gilded rim, with old iron plate Hanger. Diameter 22 cm

Japanese Arita porcelain plate. Decorated with panels of birds and trees, with Chinese style Ming mark to bottom, gold gilded rim. Diameter 22 cm

Japanese Imari small bowl, black ship design. Mark to bottom meaning long life, wealth, rich and spring. A/f. Together with four Japanese saucers and six Chinese saucers

Massive Japanese Imari pattern baluster vase. Decorated in the tradition colours of underglaze blue with overglaze iron red and gilding. Four panels, two containing mythical animals and two with floral bouquets. Meiji period (1868-1912). Some expected wear

A Japanese Imari porcelain bowl, early 20th century, circular with lightly lobed sides and rim, decorated throughout with decorated in under-glaze blue and over-glaze enamels and gold, the interior with panels of stylized vegetal decoration and other motif

A pair of Japanese Arita Ware vases, circa 1900, ovoid shaped rising to slender necks with wide flared and frilled rims, and hand painted florals and insects in an autumnal palette and with traditionally attired figures in reserves; painted marks underside

A Japanese Fukagawa porcelain bowl, decorated in the Imari pallet with dragons, diaper pattern and a large Shou character to the centre, marked under the base 'Fukagawa Sei' and with koransha orchid mark. Diameter 22.5 cm

A Japanese Imari plate, Edo Period, 18th century in underglaze blue, iron red and gilt with a central vase of flowers. 30 cm diameter

A Japanese Imari porcelain charger. Late Meiji period (1868-1912). Decorated with iron red and blue enamels, depicting figurative and landscape scenes. Diameter 31.2 cm

A 19th century Japanese shallow dish with underglaze Imari style painted blue fish and floral decoration. Width 30 cm

A large Japanese Meiji period Imari porcelain charger well painted in underglaze blue with butterflies above peony and wild grass. Wooden stand. Width 48 cm

A pair of a Japanese Imari plates, Meiji period (1868-1912), with central roundels each with floral bouquets in vases, reserves to the borders with flora and patterns, all with a cobalt and iron red palette and gilt highlights. Diameter 21.5 cm

A Japanese Imari charger, Meiji period (1868-1912), the scallop rim charger with a central floral decoration surrounded by floral and patterned reserves in the typical palette of cobalt, and iron red with gilt highlights. Height 4.5 cm. Diameter 31 cm

A collection of four Japanese Imari plates, Meiji period (1868-1912), all with central roundels and decorative reserves to the border with varying flora and birds in the typical palette of cobalt and iron red, with gilt and emerald highlights. Diameter 21.

A pair of Japanese Imari plates, Meiji period (1868-1912), a circular plate with a floral red and black palette, the other octagonal with a central roundel and surrounded by flora and patterns in the typical Imari palette. Diameter 24 cm. (larger) length 2

A group of four Japanese Imari plates, Meiji period (1868-1912), the plates of similar design with border reserves of shells and coral, prunus and flowers in the typical iron red and blue palette, with emerald and blush highlights and blue emblems external

Antique Japanese Imari plate. Red Copper ground with blue green and gilt decoration

An antique Meiji period Japanese Imari bowl, decorated with panels of vines in the enamel colours of iron red, green, gold and pink on underglaze blue. Diameter 19 cm

A Japanese Imari lidded vase of baluster shape, decorated in the traditional Imari colours of underglaze blue, and overglaze iron red and gilding. A panelled border surrounds the decoration of birds and animals. The vase top surmounted by a large finial. M

A large Japanese Imari dish, decorated with birds and florals (some paint loss). Diameter 40 cm

A Japanese Imari small hexagonal bowl, geometric and floral decoration to the interior. Diameter 11.5 cm

Large Japanese Imari tray, 19th century, painted to the centre with a bijin holding a fan. Length 38 cm

A large octagonal Imari vase and cover, Japanese, Edo Period 17/18th century, with silver plated finial. 64 cm high

A pair of Imari bottles, Meiji period, 19th century each of square section, painted with panels of the 'Flowers of the Four Seasons', the base with iron-red mark (2), 19 cm

Late 18th century Japanese Imari charger, with foliate decorated rim. 25.5 cm diameter

A Japanese Imari porcelain jardiniere first half 20th century, globular with a wide rim and waisted neck, the exterior with shaped reserves and fields floral-decorated throughout in blue and red enamels with gilt highlights, the interior with goldfish in d

A pair of Japanese Imari vases Meiji period decorated in iron red, cobalt blue and gilt tapestry patterns 40 cm high