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 vintage pair of Chinese boy and girl porcelain Pillows. the large crouching neck pillow figures decorated with Imari patterned clothing. Height 16.5 cm length 22.5 cm. Width 13 cm

A rare Chinese Imari underglaze blue and iron red and gilt baluster vase Qing Dynasty, 18th century 43 cm high

Two Chinese blue and white bowls, 20th century, together with an Imari plate, the bowl 25 cm diameter (3)

Chinese export Imari deep bowl, 19th century, decorated with blossoming sprays. Width 25 cm

A Chinese trade porcelain circular shallow dish, decorated with an Imari pattern, brown rim, c.1800 Diameter 22.5 cm

A Chinese Imari ginger jar, Qing dynasty, 18th century, of ovoid form, painted with a continuous lakeside scene, wood cover and stand, (3), 22.5 cm high

A fine pair of Chinese Imari foliate-rimmed dishes, Kangxi, 1662-1722, each one painted in the centre with figures in a carriage, twelve floral lappets around the cavetto, all in under-glaze blue, green enamel, iron-red and gilt, 21.4 cm. Provenance: Gray

A Chinese Imari export ware cream jug, Qianlong, 18th century, 11.5m high

A small 18th century tureen, probably Chinese, with a staple repaired Imari tureen lid & an antique glazed planter with a Continental cup & saucer AF

A Chinese 'Imari' style dish. the large scallop rimmed dish, decorated all over in an iron red, cobalt and gold palette, with a floral motif centrally and generous border panel decorations depicting geese, flora, tendrils and patterns. Height 7 cm. Diamete

Rare Chinese Kangxi period and mark Imari palette bowl, approx. 21 cm diameter

Three pieces of Chinese export porcelain, 18th to 19th century, comprising a paired Imari cup and saucer, and a blue and white saucer with Kangxi four-character mark, 10.4 cm diam. (Imari saucer), 3.6 cm high (Imari cup), 10.3 cm diam. (blue and white sauc

A rare English copy of a Chinese Imari plate. Together with blue and white cup

A rare 18th century Chinese export porcelain plate. Decorated with blue and red enamels copying Chinese Imari. Some wear. and tiny frit. Diameter 23 cm

Early 18th century Chinese Imari plate or shallow dish. Decorated with underglaze blue, over glaze iron red and gilding. The central decoration of flowers in a vase. An elaborately decorated condiment rim. The underside with double ring circles and three u

Another early 18th century Chinese Imari plate. Also decorated with underglaze blue, over glaze iron red, gilding flowers, scrolls in vases and an elaborate gilded border. Underside with two flowering branches. Small rim frit. Dia: 25 cm

Early 18th century Chinese Imari bowl. Decorated with the traditional underglaze blue and iron red flowering branches. The inside with one flower within a crosshatch border. Some signs of wear and tiny flake to edge of rim and firing spots. Diameter 14.5 c

Two small 19th century Chinese porcelain bowls one in Imari style with painted decoartion, the other with painted goldfish (minor cracks), circa 1850. Width 14 cm

Two Chinese Imari teapots and covers, Kangxi period, 1622-1722, one octagonal pot decorated with floral motifs in under-glaze blue, iron-red and gilt;, the other with fluted body, both 11 cm high. Provenance: R & V Tregaskis

A Chinese export ware plate, qing Dynasty (probably 19th century), in Imari style decorated with iron red, cobalt blue and gilt highlights with a central image of bamboo, flora and fruits in a rocky landscape, the rim decorated with flora and reserves with

A group of four Asian Ceramics, including two Imari dishes and two famille rose dishes, largest diameter 18 cm. (4)

Large antique Chinese Imari bowl decorated with iron red, gold and underglaze blue, with figures playing near a duck pond. No marks. Early 18th century, Kangxi or Yongzheng reign periods. Some expected firing faults, wear and signs of use. Diameter 20 cm

Unusual early 18th century Chinese export Imari dish, painted and gilt with deer amongst bamboo and peony sprays. Diameter 23 cm

An ironstone plate in the Imari pallet decorated with a garden scene within a 'cracked ice' border embellished with gilding, faux Chinese seal mark to reverse, c.1820. Diameter 22 cm

A Chinese Imari charger, late 19th century central underglaze blue and red floral motif with a cartouche band to the cavetto, 41 cm wide.

An octagonal scallop edged Imari plate, 19th century decorated with opposing hou ou birds and further floral cartouches around a central motif, underglaze blue mark to verso, 33 cm wide.

Seven Chinese Imari plates, Qing Dynasty 18th century comprising a set of four, each painted with a maiden and boys picking flowers in a fenced enclosure; and three painted with flowers and precious objects (7) 22.2 cm and 21.3 cm

Eight Chinese Imari plates, Qing Dynasty 18th century comprising a pair decorated with a deer gazing at a bird in flight in a central medallion within a border of further deer and flowers; and a set of six painted with flowers and bamboo beside a fence (8)

A Chinese Imari dish, Qing Dynasty 18th century painted with a fruiting and flowering pomegranate tree, bamboo and other plants in a medallion within a vignette and diaper border, the broad everted rim carved with a frieze of flowers, sprig mark 38. 5 cm d

A Chinese Imari dish, Qing Dynasty 18th century painted on the interior with an overall view of walled pavilions; together with a floral decorated bowl, sprig mark; and a baluster vase, wood stand (3) 34. 5 cm, 22. 2 cm and 22 cm Respectively Provenance: t

A Chinese Imari style porcelain bowl, with painted panels in the traditional palette. Width 14 cm

A rare Mandarin palette 'European subject' punch bowl, Qing Dynasty, 18th century, decorated with four traders seated at a table beside turreted buildings on a quayside with a fleet at anchor in the bay, and a semi-clad boy approaching a couple tending a c

A Chinese pottery ginger jar, together with a Chinese Imari pottery dish (2) jar, 31 cm high

A 19th century Chinese porcelain planter Imari decorated signature to base 42 cm diameter x. Height 29.5 cm

Three Chinese porcelain tea bowls in Imari colours, each with a figure decorating the well. Height 3.5 cm. Diameter 5.7 cm

A Chinese porcelain Imari comport with bronze ormolu mounts

Chinese Imari Export Bottle Vase. Traditional red/blue decoration, raised decorated collar. Height 29.5 cm

An 18th century Chinese porcelain Imari exportware deep bowl with an everted rim, the surfaces extensively painted with stylised pagoda and tree scenes enclosing a well decorated with flowering branches in a vase, Imari red and blue with gilt details. Note

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