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Vintage Pair of Japanese Imari Hand Painted Porcelain Vases, Mid-20th Century

$501.75per set


A beautiful pair of hand painted porcelain vases in the Imari style, dating from the second half of the 20th century. They feature attractive floral patterns and Classic Japanese motifs. Instill a certain elegance to a special place in your home with these fabulous vases. Imari Porcelain was the European collectors' name for Japanese porcelain wares made in the town of Arita, in the former Hizen Province, northwestern Kyushu, and exported from the port of Imari, Saga, specifically for the European export trade. In Japanese, these porcelains are known as Arita-yaki (???). The Ko-Imari and Iro-Nabeshima usually have painted decor of underglaze blue and iron red painted on a white ground. The porcelain has a gritty texture on the bases, where it is not covered by glaze. Subject matter is of foliage and flowers. Enamel colors other than blue and red are used in the Kakiemon porcelain. Imari was simply the trans-shipment port for Arita wares. The kilns at Arita formed the heart of the Japanese porcelain industry, which developed in the 17th century, after the porcelain clay was discovered in 1616 by an immigrant Korean potter Yi Sam-pyeong (1579–1655). Yi Sam-pyeong was kidnapped with his family(180 persons) after the Japanese invasion in Korea in 1598. After the discovery, Arita kilns introduced Korean style overglazing technique and refined designs from the political chaos china, where the Chinese kilns at Ching-te-Chen were damaged and New Qing dynasty government stopped trade in 1656-1684. First, blue-and-white porcelain made at Arita, imitating Chinese designs, was also widely exported to Europe through the Dutch East India Company, but "Imari Porcelain" connotes Arita wares more specifically designed to catch the European taste. Dimensions in cm: Height 36 x width 19 x depth 19 Dimensions in inches: Height 14.2 x width 7.5 x depth 7.5.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 14.18 in. (36 cm)Width: 7.49 in. (19 cm)Depth: 7.49 in. (19 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1960
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 021081stDibs: LU950620601662

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