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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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Japanese Imari Vase Mounted As a Lamp
Oct 16, 11:00 AM EDT
Japanese Imari Vase Mounted As a Lamp
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$1002 Bids
A LARGE 'IMARI' PORCELAIN DISH Japan, Meiji period
Oct 06, 2:00 PM CEST
A LARGE 'IMARI' PORCELAIN DISH Japan, Meiji period
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €0- €0
€452 Bids
Japanese Imari vase, H 46 cm.
Oct 08, 10:00 AM CEST
Japanese Imari vase, H 46 cm.
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €0- €0
€352 Bids
Capital Japanese Imari dish Ø 47.5 cm.
Oct 08, 10:00 AM CEST
Capital Japanese Imari dish Ø 47.5 cm.
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €0- €0
€802 Bids
Massive 19th century Japanese imari jar
Oct 17, 2:00 PM PDT
Massive 19th century Japanese imari jar
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $300
$301 Bid
Japanese Imari Vase Mounted As A Lamp
Oct 16, 11:00 AM EDT
Japanese Imari Vase Mounted As A Lamp
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$501 Bid
Lg. Imari Porcelain Umbrella Stand c.1850
Oct 15, 10:30 AM EDT
Lg. Imari Porcelain Umbrella Stand c.1850
by Terri Peters & Associates
Est: $5- $99,999
$251 Bid
JAPANESE IMARI BRONZE MOUNTED BOWL
Oct 06, 11:00 AM EDT
JAPANESE IMARI BRONZE MOUNTED BOWL
by Capsule Gallery Auction
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Four Japanese Imari fish plates 23 - 28 cm.
Oct 08, 10:00 AM CEST
Four Japanese Imari fish plates 23 - 28 cm.
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €0- €0
€1201 Bid
Imari.
Oct 14, 10:00 AM CEST
Imari.
by Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen
Est: €80- €120
€800 Bids
Three Japanese Imari lidded pots, H 37 cm.
Oct 08, 10:00 AM CEST
Three Japanese Imari lidded pots, H 37 cm.
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €0- €0
€4000 Bids
Two parts Imari porcelain
Oct 08, 10:00 AM CEST
Two parts Imari porcelain
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €0- €0
€1000 Bids
Japanese Imari bowl with bronze Ø 26 cm.
Oct 08, 10:00 AM CEST
Japanese Imari bowl with bronze Ø 26 cm.
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €0- €0
€3500 Bids
Japanese Imari shaving basin Ø 27 cm.
Oct 08, 10:00 AM CEST
Japanese Imari shaving basin Ø 27 cm.
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €0- €0
€2500 Bids
Two Imari vases
Oct 08, 10:00 AM CEST
Two Imari vases
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €0- €0
€1500 Bids
Two Japanese Imari kerosene lamps, 1900
Oct 08, 10:00 AM CEST
Two Japanese Imari kerosene lamps, 1900
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €0- €0
€3500 Bids
Lot Japanese Imari porcelain (5x)
Oct 08, 10:00 AM CEST
Lot Japanese Imari porcelain (5x)
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €0- €0
€400 Bids
Two 18th century Imari jar vases, H 23 cm.
Oct 08, 10:00 AM CEST
Two 18th century Imari jar vases, H 23 cm.
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €0- €0
€1500 Bids
Two Japanese Imari vases, H 23.5 cm.
Oct 08, 10:00 AM CEST
Two Japanese Imari vases, H 23.5 cm.
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €0- €0
€1000 Bids
Two parts antique Japanese Imari porcelain
Oct 08, 10:00 AM CEST
Two parts antique Japanese Imari porcelain
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €0- €0
€800 Bids
Two Japanese Imari plates Ø 31 cm.
Oct 08, 10:00 AM CEST
Two Japanese Imari plates Ø 31 cm.
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €0- €0
€1600 Bids
Four antique Japanese Imari plates Ø 25 cm.
Oct 08, 10:00 AM CEST
Four antique Japanese Imari plates Ø 25 cm.
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €0- €0
€1800 Bids
Capital Japanese Imari dish Ø 56 cm.
Oct 08, 10:00 AM CEST
Capital Japanese Imari dish Ø 56 cm.
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €0- €0
€6000 Bids

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