Learn about 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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Large Japanese Imari vase, as inspected, 36 cm high approx.

A large Japanese Imari charger, Meiji period (1868-1912), with under-glaze blue and over glaze enamel with gilt decoration, 46.5 cm diameter

A large Japanese Imari porcelain vase, tapering cylindrical shape with short trumpet mouth, decorated in iron red, underglaze blue and gilt with cranes in flight amongst a profusion of scattered diaper patterns and various stylised flower-head motifs. Heig

A large impressive 19th century Japanese Imari lidded urn, the ovoid body with three panels of various relief decoration of flowers, butterfly, dragon, tiger and figures, the complex ground pattern of various blue, red and green tones with gilt highlights,

Three Japanese porcelain plates, [3], a pair of Arita-Ware plates finely painted with flying cranes & geometric designs in red, white, black & blue, Meiji period, a blue & white Imari plate. Provenance: Todd Barlin collection. 19.5 cm, 19.5 cm,

A Japanese antique Imari plate, Meiji period, late 19th to early 20th century, the plate in underglaze steel blue with freely executed enamel decoration of fruits and flora in iron red, orange, green and pale aubergine colours to compartments, with pattern

A Japanese Imari charger, decorated to the centre with a floral design and framed by panels of fenced gardens and quatrefoil panels decorated with stylised lotus flowers. Diameter 39.5 cm

A rare Japanese Imari deep plate, early Edo, 18th century, with two ladies under a flowering tree, the cavetto and exterior with floral motifs, all in gilt, enamels and underglaze blue, 30.8 cm diameter. Provenance: R & V Tregaskis, 1980’s

A rare Japanese Arita tea caddy (Chaire) and cover, Edo period (1603-1868), the quatrefoil jar freely painted in cobalt blue, green enamel and iron-red, the opposing sides with geometric striped bands, the other two each with a landscape, one with a cricke

A pair of very fine quality Imari and gilt bottle vases with French silver mounts, Japanese, Meiji period. 16.5 cm

A Japanese Imari porcelain and silver mounted jug with European hinged mounts, 18th century. 18 cm

Japanese imari ";goldfish"bowl D19 cm approx

Large Japanese Imari porcelain charger decorated with village scene, 45 cm diameter

Large Antique Japanese Imari charger 48.3 cm diameter.Provenance: Finey Collection, Sydney

An early Japanese Imari pattern bowl An early Japanese Imari bowlL22.5 x W16 cm approx Provenance: Seale Family, Sydney

A large Japanese imari bowl with dragon and phoenix design, 19th century. 31 cm diameter

A 19th century Japanese Imari vase and cover, of bulbous form with bright orange and blue chrysanthemums and landscapes. 33 cm high

Early 20th century Japanese Imari decorated dish. Diameter 28 cm

Antique Japanese Imari cheese plate & cover, 15 cm high approx.

Japanese Imari bowl, Meiji period, very finely potted and painted in the traditional iron red and underglaze blue, four characters to base, D 23 cm

Two Japanese Imari dishes with a scalloped edge, 19th/20th century, the charger has geese and shi shi dogs in alternate cartouche. large 31 cm & 22 cm

A pair of Japanese Imari plates, 20th century, decorated with fish and floral motifs, the other with butterfly and fruit motifs. [2], diameter 21 cm

A pair of Imari porcelain and bronze mounted table lamps Japanese with French Mounts 19th century with original etched glass shades, 67 cm high

An Imari porcelain and bronze mounted oval jadiniere Japanese with French Mounts 19th century, 33 cm High, 47 cm wide, 28 cm deep