Imari Dinnerware

Japanese Imari Dinnerware has been around since the 17th century. Crafted by a Korean potter Yi Sam-pyeong (1579–1655). With the use of enamel colors over under glazes of of cobalt blue, and iron red. With the use of gilding, and the application of spar isolated sprigged vignettes giving it a quality all its own.

To identify the rare, or valuable pieces one must use a magnifying glass to view the marks etched on the bottom of the pottery. Made for European export these wares are often confused with Arita, or Hizen. Even though they are not the same thing. Hizen stopped being produced in 1868, and Arita is can still being sold there. The stamp on the bottom of the Imari porcelain should read GOLD IMARI HAND PAINTED adopted in the United States on December 1st 1959 and later abandoned on October 29 1984. Which gave way to the modern crafted Arita.


The patterns on the Imari dinnerware are master crafted with Japanese arts hand painted into the ware with the Royal Crown being a back stamp in 1770. Two of the most renounced are Old Imari, and Traditional Imari. Manufactured today are the Imperial Palace, Kedleston, and Derby Border. The distinguishing patterns are the hand painted imagines of the Old, and Traditional seem to flow through out the Imari dinnerware as the Modern Imari stay more to the edge of the plates.

All are beautifully crafted wares, and great conversational pieces in any setting with remarkable crafted art works.

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