Japanese Imari Porcelain

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What Is Japanese Imari Porcelain

Japanese Imari pottery and porcelain have been treasured since the early days in the 1600's when its reach began to extend farther beyond southeastern Japan's kilns. After wars in the region of China, Korea, and Japan, many Korean potters were relocated to southeastern Japan. Kaolin was discovered there and used in slip to create porcelain that had many high qualities.

Richness of color and durability made this a much sought after material for ceremonial tea services, statuary, dishes, and vases of all sizes. Just prior to 1650, more than just traditional blue and white pottery began to be produced. Colors such as green, purple, red, and yellow were added with additions of gold. Enameling became a beautiful addition to the stark white china that has been the constant of its beauty.

Read more about Imari in our articles section.

Collecting Antique Imari Pieces

There are many different types of Imari porcelain you can collect. Browse the most common types by clicking the headings below, or choose from the menu on the right hand side of the screen.

imari plateImari Plates
An Imari plate has a very interesting history and is highly desired by porcelain collectors around the world. This pottery was first made in Japan in the town of Arita and exported from the port of Imari. It was made from white kaolin clay discovered in Japan around the early 1600s.

imari bowlImari Bowls
Imari bowls cover many types of porcelain in the Japanese culture, the name being used because the bowls were sold out of the port in Northern Kyushu. The porcelain ware was inspired by a design of the Chinese during the Ming Dynasty.

imari vasesImari Vases
Imari vases have been produced in all shapes and sizes since production in the 1600's in southeastern Japan. In modern times, some styles have been repeated and adapted to use as table lamps.

imari tea sets and cupsImari Cups
Imari cups are a selection of Japanese porcelain also called Arita-Yaki. Made on the island of Kyushu in Arita in the 1600s, the kilns turned out beautifully decorated works of art. Though cups are popular, there were vases, saucers, bowls, and the like.

imari figurinesImari Figures
Imari figures are highly decorative art made from porcelain in basic blue and white as well as other colored patterns. The most commonly recognized Imari figures are known as Sometsuke, made of hand-painted, glazed blue and white porcelain. Imari that features colors such as red, yellow, green or purple are referred to as Iroe.

View all of our Imari information at our Japanese Imari Information section.

EXCELLENT 18TH C EMPEROR QIANLONG PERIOD CHINESE PORCELAIN IMARI DISH
EXCELLENT 18TH C EMPEROR QIANLONG PERIOD CHINESE PORCELAIN IMARI DISH
$135.00 (10 Bids)
Japanese Antique Blue and White Hand Painted Plate Arita Imari
Japanese Antique Blue and White Hand Painted Plate Arita Imari
$42.99
OLD HAND PAINTED LARGE JAPANESE IMARI DECORATIVE CHARGER SIGNED TO BACK
OLD HAND PAINTED LARGE JAPANESE IMARI DECORATIVE CHARGER SIGNED TO BACK
$16.43 (2 Bids)
Japanese Imari Porcelain Fuyo de Plate Late Edo 19th Century
Japanese Imari Porcelain Fuyo de Plate Late Edo 19th Century
$45.00
ANTIQUE IMARI SET OF EIGHT DIAMOND SHAPED DISHES
ANTIQUE IMARI SET OF EIGHT DIAMOND SHAPED DISHES
$165.00 (2 Bids)
VINTAGE JAPANESE HANDPAINTED PORCELAIN IMARI BOWLS 1 IS SIGNED
VINTAGE JAPANESE HANDPAINTED PORCELAIN IMARI BOWLS 1 IS SIGNED
$17.50
VERY RARE VINTAGE GOLD IMARI PLATE W MATCHING BOWL BIRDS TREE BRANCHES FLOWERS
VERY RARE VINTAGE GOLD IMARI PLATE W MATCHING BOWL BIRDS TREE BRANCHES FLOWERS
$18.50 (11 Bids)
Vintage Hand Painted Imari Scalloped 8 1 2 Plate 19th C 1
Vintage Hand Painted Imari Scalloped 8 1 2 Plate 19th C 1
$49.50
Blue Imari ware platter antique
Blue Imari ware platter antique
$20.00
Japanese Antique Old Imari Phoenix design Large Bowl s980
Japanese Antique Old Imari Phoenix design Large Bowl s980
$49.99
Set of 3 Antique Imari platesNO RESERVE
Set of 3 Antique Imari platesNO RESERVE
$10.50 (3 Bids)
Japanese Imari Porcelain Tojin mon Hexagon Plate  Late Edo
Japanese Imari Porcelain Tojin mon Hexagon Plate Late Edo
$85.00



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