Imari Porcelain Dishes - Set of Three - Japan - Meiji Period - 1868-1912
Dishes Ko-Imari.古伊万里 Some-Nishiki-Kamon-Naka-Zara 染錦花紋中皿
Very good condition
3.5cm × 13cm × 17cm
Imari ware (Japanese: 伊万里焼 Hepburn: Imari-yaki) is a Western term for a brightly-colored style of Arita ware (有田焼 Arita-yaki) Japanese export porcelain made in the area of Arita, in the former Hizen Province, northwestern Kyūshū. They were exported to Europe, especially between the second half of the 17th century and the first half of the 18th century.
Typically Imari ware is decorated in underglaze blue, with red, gold, black for outlines, and sometimes other colors, added in overglaze. In the most characteristic floral designs most of the surface is colored, with "a tendency to overdecoration that leads to fussiness".
The name derives from the port of Imari, Saga from which they were shipped to Nagasaki, where the Dutch East India Company and the Chinese had trading outposts. In the West the multi-colored or "enameled" wares became known as "Imari ware", and a different group kakiemon, while blue and white wares were called "Arita ware"; in fact the types were often produced at the same kilns.
Today, the use of "Imari" as a descriptor has declined, and they are often called Arita wares (or Hizen wares, after the old province). Imari ware was copied in both China and Europe, and has been continuously produced to the present day.
Imari Porcelain Dishes - Set of Three - Japan - Meiji Period