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 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

A collection of six Imari plates, comprising five Japanese and one Chinese plate, the largest 39.5 cm diameter

A Japanese Arita blue and white porcelain V.O.C. Plate, 17th century, circa 1680, a Museum quality underglaze dish with Voc (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnic - Dutch East India Company) insignia surrounded by long tail phoenix (ho-ho) birds, persimmons an

Japanese Arita Ware dish, 18th/19th century, decorated in the kraak style with the central floriate motif, the rim radiating eight panels alternating with camellia, peony and auspicious symbols, 39.5 cm diameter

An antique Japanese Imari plate, probably Meiji period (1868-1912), the plate with a central cobalt roundel with foliate and tendril designs enclosed by a wide brocaded border with reserves, patterns and emblematic floral motifs in emerald, iron red, orang

Antique Japanese Imari vase, mounted with later French handles & base mounts, approx 23 cm high, 20 cm wide

A Japanese Imari porcelain plate, 20th century. 46 cm diameter

A Japanese Imari dish, Meiji period. 41.5 cm diameter

A fine Japanese porcelain large vase, decorated in panels, one with a hunting eagle, the other with exotic birds, the panels reserved on a background decorated with Madoe panels in Imari pallet. Shouldered ovoid shape, marked under the foot with a censer m

A large Japanese Imari vase, the fluted ovoid body with trumpet mouth, decorated with a profusion of floral and brocade designs. Height 46.5 cm

A Japanese Imari bowl, hand painted in blue, orange and gilt highlights, finely decorated with birds and blossoms to inner centre and floral motifs to outer sides. Diameter 25 cm

A Japanese Imari plate & a Japanese blue & white platter, 19th century. The larger 31.5 diameter. (2)

A Japanese Imari saucer-dish, Genroku period (1688-1704), Decorated in under-glaze blue, gilt and enamels, with vases, birds and flowers. 21.8 cm diameter. For a dish with similar design see Tageshi Nagataki, 'Imari, Famous Ceramics of Japan Vol. 6', Kodan

A Japanese Imari chrysanthemum form 16-lobed saucer dish, early 18th century, decorated with birds and floral work in under-glaze blue, gilt and enamels. 19.5 cm diameter. For a similar example see John Ayres, Oliver Impey and J.V.G. Mallet, 'Porcelain for

Japanese Imari pair of plates each painted with three panels showing a bull with a central blue & white painted medallion. Condition good, age related wear, one small paint chip diameter 22 cm

A Japanese 19th century Imari porcelain charger painted in typical palette, with blue painted motifs verso, restored, 37 cm diameter

Japanese Imari plate, probably 17th/18th century.diameter 22.5 cm

Two Vintage Japanese Imari pattern plates, diameter 22 cm approx (as inspected)

A Japanese Imari covered bowl with gilt-bronze mounts, French, 19th century. 28 cm high, 26 cm diameter