Japanese Antiques Imari Vases and Ceramics from Arita


I’ve always had a fascination and love of Japanese works of art, and here
gallery we have always specialised in Imari porcelain. Examples such as these around me which date from the 17th 18th and 19th centuries: they’re wonderfully decorative and, in the same way that Chinese
porcelain adds a great deal of colour form to an interior, these pieces which were made, quite often for export to the Dutch market and from Holland were then transported to countries such as Britain, they produced wonderful decorating opportunities for major houses of the time. These pieces here use blue red and gold glazes on a white body – an almost translucent body. This is typical of Imari Ware which was produced in a town called Arita which was invaded by the Japanese where they discovered this special clay called Kaolin from from that they
managed to you imitate Chinese porcelain wares and the production thereof. In the mid 17th century the Japanese imposed a self-isolation policy and the only nation allowed trade with them in fact with Holland and so the Dutch became the only single conduit by which other European nations could buy
Japanese wares such as Imari porcelain. Once this policy was revoked in the
mid-nineteenth century there was an international sensation caused by the rediscovery of Imari wares.
Nineteenth century pieces such as some examples we have here use bolder colors – often tomato red glazes with really
deep blues but again placed upon white grounds. Another example which is worth looking at is this extraordinary dragon vase as you’ll see there is a black ground
with this extraordinary selection all polychrome
decoration upon the surface and rather nicely you see – and this is another typical feature of Imari ware – this kimono design which is decorated
around collar and the foot of the vase. Kimonos of course were, in their own way, an
extraordinary means of decoration and provided an
extraordinary backdrop for some of the most creative designs of Japanese decoration and they
were often incorporated into Imari porcelain designs: and you can see that here. We have a very large selection of
Japanese porcelain as well as Chinese porcelain. And these pieces which were made to furnish European
homes still adorn these houses today we regularly asked about the story Imari and if you’d like to discover a little
more do come and see us here at the gallery on The Pimlico Road. What about this one? When you’re thinking Imari, think Timothy Langston.

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