Japanese Imari Porcelain

Known for its colorful, intricate style, Korean-inspired Japanese imari porcelain often features white and blue backgrounds accented with vibrant orange-red and brilliant gold. Imari is in direct contrast to the monochromatic, blue and white, Chinese-inspired Arita-style porcelain also popular in Japan.

Imari porcelain was first created in the 17th century in the town of Arita. When a Korean potter discovered that the soil was rich in kaolin, a type of clay essential to creating white porcelain, blue and white porcelain wares quickly emerged. Works are typically beautiful and intricate, featuring images of lush natural landscapes, elegant creatures, and serene depictions of everyday courtesan life.

The term "imari" is derived from the name of the port through which most of this particular style porcelain was traded. The Imari port was most heavily used during the 17th and 18th centuries. These porcelains include imari plates, imari vases, bowls, pots, cups, and even statues.

 

Quick Facts

  • It wasn’t until the 18th century that red, blue, white, and gold imari porcelains were developed
  • Japanese ceramic artists had difficulty competing with China in this field of export. China copied the imari china style of decoration and was able to export imari wares at a cheaper cost than Japan. Only toward the end of the 19th century did Japanese imari china become popular again in the Western market
  • Yi Sam-Pyeong, the Korean potter who is said to have discovered the presence of kaolin in Japanese land, is a controversial historical figure. He said to have taken the Japanese name “Kanagae Sanbee” after his outstanding accomplishments in the porcelain medium
  • Similar to imari porcelain, <a href=”https://www.invaluable.com/dresden-porcelain/sc-VJ9HCMZNEK/”>Dresden porcelain</a>, is also available on Invaluable.

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Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Imari Dinnerware 46 Pc
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Imari Dinnerware 46 Pc
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$2255 Bids
Imari pattern biscuit barrel with silver plate
Oct 31, 9:30 AM AEDT
Imari pattern biscuit barrel with silver plate
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD404 Bids
Pair Large Japanese Imari Painted Temple Vases W Stands
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Pair Large Japanese Imari Painted Temple Vases W Stands
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $500- $750
$2253 Bids
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Good Imari Porcelain Lot
Oct 17, 10:00 AM EDT
Good Imari Porcelain Lot
by New Haven Auctions
Est: $250- $500
$501 Bid
(2 Pc) Meiji Period Japanese Imari Arita Porcelain Plates
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
(2 Pc) Meiji Period Japanese Imari Arita Porcelain Plates
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$401 Bid
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FOUR JAPANESE IMARI SAKE CUPS EDO PERIOD (1603-1868), EARLY 19TH CENTURY
Oct 18, 12:00 PM AEDT
FOUR JAPANESE IMARI SAKE CUPS EDO PERIOD (1603-1868), EARLY 19TH CENTURY
by Leonard Joel
Est: AUD300- AUD400
AUD2500 Bids
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A SET OF FIVE JAPANESE KO-IMARI ABALONE FORM DISHES EDO PERIOD (1603-1868), 17TH/18TH CENTURY
Oct 18, 12:00 PM AEDT
A SET OF FIVE JAPANESE KO-IMARI ABALONE FORM DISHES EDO PERIOD (1603-1868), 17TH/18TH CENTURY
by Leonard Joel
Est: AUD500- AUD700
AUD4500 Bids
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A JAPANESE BLUE AND WHITE KO-IMARI ARITA KENDI EDO PERIOD (1603-1867), 17TH CENTURY
Oct 18, 12:00 PM AEDT
A JAPANESE BLUE AND WHITE KO-IMARI ARITA KENDI EDO PERIOD (1603-1867), 17TH CENTURY
by Leonard Joel
Est: AUD500- AUD700
AUD4500 Bids
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A JAPANESE KO-IMARI BLUE AND WHITE DISH GENROKU PERIOD (1688-1704)
Oct 18, 12:00 PM AEDT
A JAPANESE KO-IMARI BLUE AND WHITE DISH GENROKU PERIOD (1688-1704)
by Leonard Joel
Est: AUD500- AUD700
AUD4500 Bids
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A JAPANESE IMARI CHARGER MEIJI PERIOD (1868-1912)
Oct 18, 12:00 PM AEDT
A JAPANESE IMARI CHARGER MEIJI PERIOD (1868-1912)
by Leonard Joel
Est: AUD300- AUD500
AUD2500 Bids
Imari Fish Platter. Meiji, 19th Century
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Imari Fish Platter. Meiji, 19th Century
by Zikorn Arts
Est: $500- $800
$3300 Bids
Assembled British Imari Porcelain Dinner Service
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
Assembled British Imari Porcelain Dinner Service
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$2500 Bids
A pair of Imari pierced beaker vases
Oct 26, 10:30 AM BST
A pair of Imari pierced beaker vases
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £400- £600
£2600 Bids
FIVE PIECE IMARI PATTERN PORCELAIN PLATES
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
FIVE PIECE IMARI PATTERN PORCELAIN PLATES
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
SIX ENGLISH IMARI CUPS & SAUCERS WITH STANDS
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
SIX ENGLISH IMARI CUPS & SAUCERS WITH STANDS
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $150- $300
$750 Bids
GROUP OF 6 CHAMBERLAIN IMARI ENGLISH TABLEWARES
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
GROUP OF 6 CHAMBERLAIN IMARI ENGLISH TABLEWARES
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
PAIR, 19TH C. ENGLISH IMARI PALETTE PLATES
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
PAIR, 19TH C. ENGLISH IMARI PALETTE PLATES
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
3PC ENGLISH IMARI, TEA CADDY & TWO PASTILLES
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
3PC ENGLISH IMARI, TEA CADDY & TWO PASTILLES
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $150- $300
$750 Bids
large Imari-plate, China, around 1860/70, opulent
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
large Imari-plate, China, around 1860/70, opulent
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €200- €400
€2000 Bids
large Imari-plate, China, around 1860/70, elaborate
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
large Imari-plate, China, around 1860/70, elaborate
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €400- €800
€4000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Japanese Imari Porcelain


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Il Ponte Auction House

Il Ponte Auction House

John Nicholsons Fine Art Auctioneer & Valuer

John Nicholsons Fine Art Auctioneer & Valuer

Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.

Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.