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...There is a great variation in quality, ranging from quite crude though decorative wares to very finely painted wares.
Items exported to the West included garnitures of vases, plates, chargers, figures as well as utilitarian wares. Due to its popularity and success, Imari was widely imitated both in China and the West. English factories who produced Imari or "Japan" patterns as they were sometimes known included, Bow, Derby, Minton, Spode, Worcester and Mason's. European factories included Meissen, Chantilly and Delft.
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' 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
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
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 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
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
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 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
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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