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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A large Japanese Imari vase and cover Taisho period, circa 1912 possible restoration to cover, 76 cm high

A Japanese Imari charger Meiji / Taisho period, circa 1912 23 cm diameter

A pair of Imari vases, Japanese 19th century. 62 cm high

A large Japanese Imari lobed platter, together with a candlestick and a bowl with similar decoration

A large Japanese Imari fluted circular punch bowl, Meiji period (1868-1912), 34 cm diameter-wood stand

An unusual Japanese Imari pouring vessel, 18th century, 15 cm diameter

A Japanese Arita Ware monogrammed charger, possibly late Edo period (mid 19th century), in typical underglaze blue and white, with a central Dutch East India Company monogram encircled by a floral, fruit and bird motif, the cavetto and rim with panels of d

Antique 19th century Japanese Imari lidded vase, approx 45 cm high

A pair of Japanese Imari table lamps. Each of baluster form with bright orange and blue flower decoration, above fabric shades.

A Japanese Imari lidded vase Meiji period (1866-1912) decorated with cobalt blue and iron red enamels with foo dog finial. Height 39 cm

A large Japanese Imari fruit bowl. River scene and panels of flowers in green, iron red and gold. Restored. Diameter 28 cm

A Japanese Imari, Taisho period, round plate, with floral decoration frits to rim. Diameter 22 cm

A Japanese Meiji period. Imari dish. of square shape, chamfered corners, iron red, green and gilt over an underglaze blue border. Riveted corner. Diameter 29 cm

A Japanese Imari fruit bowl, Taisho period, foliate rim, decorated with six panels of iron red and green flowers, within an underglaze blue background. Chip to rim and scratches from wire. Diameter 21.5 cm

A massive museum quality Japanese porcelain map of Japan charger, probably Edo mark and period Tempo reign (1830-1843), commonly referred to as Imari, decorated with an underglaze blue map of Japan in low relief in the cavetto showing two panels of calligr

Japanese Imari large charger decorated with gods, underglaze blue, seal mark

Japanese Imari porcelain bowl, Meiji period, painted with kiku and cherry blossoms. Diameter 24 cm

A large Japanese Imari charger, Meiji period (1868-1912), decorated in cobalt blue, iron-red, gilt and enamels with floral motifs, on ebonised stand, 62 cm diameter

A large Japanese Imari vase of baluster form, 19th century, well decorated in cobalt blue, iron-red, gilt and enamels, 48 cm high, Provenance, Sotheby’s Melbourne

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