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

A Japanese pair of tall Imari vases and covers. With the matching pair of Buddhist lion finials atop the helmet-shaped covers, the bold decoration in underglaze blue and red, with gilding, 68 cm high

A large Japanese Imari vase with a flared rim above a baluster body, with foliate panels on a leafy ground, together with a hardwood stand, 46.5 cm high

A Japanese Imari vase with a flared rim above a fluted baluster body, with floral cartouches on a foliate background, together with a hardwood stand, 42 cm high

A Japanese Imari dish circular, with floral panels on trellis borders, 39.5 cm diameter

Antique Japanese imari pattern jardiniere mounted with later French mounts, approx 14 cm high, 22 cm wide, 11 cm deep

Two early Japanese imari porcelain dishes, with hand painted decoration, 21 cm & 19 cm wide

A large Japanese Imari bowl, Taisho period, 20th century, in the customary colours of underglaze blue with iron red and touches of enamel green and yellow, freely decorated to the interior and exterior with bouquets of flowers in shaped and patterned reser

A pair of large 19th century Imari red and blue chargers with central motif of lotus flowers and cherry blossoms. Eight outer panels of floral decoration. Artist's mark to reverse. Diameter 40.5 cm each.

A massive Japanese Imari floor vase, Meiji Period, 1868-1912 decorated with a pair of phoenix each one in a flowering prunus tree within a shaped cartouche surrounded by various brocade designs wooden cover and base. 96 cm high

Two various Japanese items, including lacquer box, painted blossom & leaf decoration to lid. Signed; & Imari plate. Length 27 cm (box) Depth 21 cm (plate)

Japanese blue & white washer along with another Imari example (2)

A Japanese Imari porcelain charger, possibly Showa period, mid 20th century onwards, Typically decorated in underglaze navy with iron red, gilt and aqua highlights, having boldly shaped reserves to the rim in red and navy with floral sprays, centred with a

A group of four Japanese Imari wares, Edo to Meiji periods, 19th to early 20th century, a scalloped bowl with blue patterns interspersed with handpainted birds and foliage on a brown ground, dishes with radiating patterns in colours, and a low dish with pa

An early Japanese Imari bowl. Length 22.5 cm. Width 16 cm approx. Provenance: Seale Family, Sydney,

An Imari gilt vase lamp, Japanese, 18th/19th century, with French mounts. 31 cm high

A pair of gilt bronze mounted Imari porcelain covered vases, Meiji period (1868-1912), with 19th century French mounts. 37 cm high

A Japanese Imari baluster vase. Height 25 cm. Diameter 16.5 cm

Set of Japanese Imari graduated fish dishes with Koransha mark (smallest A/F)

Japanese large Arita blue & white charger with highlights, Cloud Hill mark

Pair of antique decorative Japanese Imari vases, on gilt metal stands, 32 cm high approx. Suitable for lamb bases., NB. vases do not hold water

A Japanese Arita teapot with matching cup, late Meiji period, early 20th century, richly decorated with continuous images of sages in a garden, in autumnal tones with gilt highlights; stamped to spout and underside; repairs to lid. Heights 10 cm. And 6 cm

Large Japanese Imari jar and cover the lid with conical finial (restored) tradtional painted design in deep red and blue on ebonised hardwood stand

Three Japanese Imari plates, to include a hexagonal charger. Approx 35 cm diameter and smaller (3)