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Japonisme Furniture

JAPONISME STYLE

In the late 19th and early 20th century, France developed an enduring passion for Japanese aesthetics and craftsmanship. Not only did this interpretation of Japanese culture — which became known as Japonisme — infuse fresh energy into French art and design, but it also radically transformed how Europeans, and subsequently the world, would come to understand visual culture. 

Until 1853, Japan had been closely guarded against foreign visitors for over two centuries. However, American Commodore Matthew C. Perry sailed into Japan that year and initiated the first of its treaties with the United States and Europe, thereby opening its borders and giving the West its first-ever look at Japanese design. 

For the next few decades, taken with Japonisme, sophisticated collectors in Paris, New York and elsewhere gorged themselves on lacquered screens, celadon ceramics and netsuke ornaments, along with artworks depicting various aspects of Japanese life. The East Asian country’s influence on Europe, particularly France, contributed to one of the most creatively prosperous periods in history, leaving an imprint on the Impressionist, Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements, and inspiring artists like Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Vincent van Gogh as well as luxury houses such as Louis Vuitton and Hermès. Japonisme emerged at the time when the ornate Renaissance Revival style was the most prominent mode of decorating in Europe, and Japanese aesthetics seemed strikingly modern and elegant in comparison. 

In addition to everyday practical objects from Japan, such as vases, tableware and decorative boxes, Japanese art, especially Japanese woodblock prints by masters of the ukiyo-e school, caught the eye of many artists — particularly those in the Art Nouveau poster community in 1880s Paris. The luscious organic colors associated with traditional Japanese design, motifs like cherry blossoms and carp and the vivid patterns found in woodblock prints, silks and more were adopted and appropriated by painters as well as ceramicists and those working in other fields of the decorative arts. Today, demand for Japanese lacquerware — furniture, trays, writing boxes, screens, incense burners — from the Edo period (1615–1868) and the late 19th century continues to be very strong among collectors.

Find a collection of antique Japonisme furniture and decorative objects on 1stDibs.

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Style: Japonisme
Original Antique Print of Japanese Cloisonne Enamels, Dated 1876
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of cloisonne enamels Chromo-lithograph after A. Willms Published by Sutton Sharpe & Co. 1876 Unframed. It gives you the option of perhaps making a set up using y...
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1870s English Antique Japonisme Furniture

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Paper

Large C19th French Faux Bamboo Mirror
Located in London, GB
Large C19th French faux bamboo mirror. Beautiful turned fruitwood mirror with ebonised grooves and original back. In very good condition with light wear and foxing. Height 81cm 61c...
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1880s French Antique Japonisme Furniture

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Mirror, Fruitwood

14-Piece Japanese Gilt and Painted Tea and Dessert Serving Set with Peacock
Located in Norwood, NJ
14-piece Kutani Japanese gilt and painted tea and dessert serving set with Peacock. Hand painted gilt and painted Peacock tea and serving set. Features floral and peacock design. Lidded tea and coffee pots, lidded creamer, sugar bowl, and five snack sets...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Japonisme Furniture

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Gold

17th Century Orange Blue White Japanese Arita Ware Charger Plate
Located in Lomita, CA
This Japanese Export porcelain charger is singular and speaks for itself in a beautiful palette of soft orange, blue and white. It is remimiscent of Imari, but the appraisers say it is from a 17th or 18th century kiln in Arita Japan. The colors are vibrant and clear, and there are no chips or other damage to this beautiful piece. Arita ware...
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Late 17th Century Japanese Antique Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Porcelain

Denim Daruma Midnight Charcoal
Located in Yokohama, JP
Daruma is a traditional Japanese figurine that means to get up again and again even after falling down. It has been loved as a decoration to ward off evil or to express wishes for ...
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2010s Japanese Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Canvas, Cotton

Denim Daruma Crash
Located in Yokohama, JP
Daruma is a traditional Japanese figurine that means to get up again and again even after falling down. It has been loved as a decoration to ward off evil or to express wishes for ...
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2010s Japanese Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Canvas, Cotton

Hickory Daruma
Located in Yokohama, JP
Daruma is a traditional Japanese figurine that means to get up again and again even after falling down. It has been loved as a decoration to ward off evil or to express wishes for ...
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2010s Japanese Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Canvas, Cotton

Denim Daruma Indigo Big
Located in Yokohama, JP
Daruma is a traditional Japanese figurine that means to get up again and again even after falling down. It has been loved as a decoration to ward off evil or to express wishes for ...
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2010s Japanese Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Canvas, Cotton

Denim Daruma Patchwork Big
Located in Yokohama, JP
Daruma is a traditional Japanese figurine that means to get up again and again even after falling down. It has been loved as a decoration to ward off evil or to express wishes for ...
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2010s Japanese Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Canvas, Cotton

Denim Sunflower
Located in Yokohama, JP
Thick denim flowers made of denim. Each petal is made of a layer of denim, so it has a very massive, and the inside wire allows this flower to be oriented in any direction. It is goo...
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2010s Japanese Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Cotton, Canvas, Fabric

Denim Rose5
Located in Yokohama, JP
Thick denim flowers made of denim. Each petal is made of a layer of denim, so it has a very massive, and the inside wire allows this flower to be oriented in any direction. It is goo...
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2010s Japanese Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Cotton, Canvas, Fabric

Denim Rose4
Located in Yokohama, JP
Thick denim flowers made of denim. Each petal is made of a layer of denim, so it has a very massive, and the inside wire allows this flower to be oriented in any direction. It is goo...
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2010s Japanese Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Canvas, Cotton

Denim Rose3
Located in Yokohama, JP
Thick denim flowers made of denim. Each petal is made of a layer of denim, so it has a very massive, and the inside wire allows this flower to be oriented in any direction. It is goo...
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2010s Japanese Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Cotton, Canvas, Fabric

Denim Rose2
Located in Yokohama, JP
Thick denim flowers made of denim. Each petal is made of a layer of denim, so it has a very massive, and the inside wire allows this flower to be oriented in any direction. It is goo...
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2010s Japanese Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Canvas, Cotton

Denim Dahlia4
Located in Yokohama, JP
Thick denim flowers made of denim. Each petal is made of a layer of denim, so it has a very massive, and the inside wire allows this flower to be oriented in any direction. It is goo...
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2010s Japanese Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Canvas, Cotton

Denim Rose1
Located in Yokohama, JP
Thick denim flowers made of denim. Each petal is made of a layer of denim, so it has a very massive, and the inside wire allows this flower to be oriented in any direction. It is goo...
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2010s Japanese Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Canvas, Cotton

Denim Dahlia3
Located in Yokohama, JP
Thick denim flowers made of denim. Each petal is made of a layer of denim, so it has a very massive, and the inside wire allows this flower to be oriented in any direction. It is goo...
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2010s Japanese Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Canvas, Cotton

Denim Dahlia2
Located in Yokohama, JP
Thick denim flowers made of denim. Each petal is made of a layer of denim, so it has a very massive, and the inside wire allows this flower to be oriented in any direction. It is goo...
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2010s Japanese Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Canvas, Cotton, Fabric

Denim Dahlia1
Located in Yokohama, JP
Thick denim flowers made of denim. Each petal is made of a layer of denim, so it has a very massive, and the inside wire allows this flower to be oriented in any direction. It is goo...
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2010s Japanese Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Cotton, Canvas

Denim Peony3
Located in Yokohama, JP
Thick denim flowers made of denim. Each petal is made of a layer of denim, so it has a very massive, and the inside wire allows this flower to be oriented in any direction. It is goo...
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2010s Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Cotton, Canvas, Fabric

Denim Peony2
Located in Yokohama, JP
Thick denim flowers made of denim. Each petal is made of a layer of denim, so it has a very massive, and the inside wire allows this flower to be oriented in any direction. It is goo...
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2010s Japanese Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Canvas, Cotton

Denim Peony1
Located in Yokohama, JP
Thick denim flowers made of denim. Each petal is made of a layer of denim, so it has a very massive, and the inside wire allows this flower to be oriented in any direction. It is goo...
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2010s Japanese Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Canvas, Cotton

Denim Protea3
Located in Yokohama, JP
Thick denim flowers made of denim. Each petal is made of a layer of denim, so it has a very massive, and the inside wire allows this flower to be oriented in any direction. It is goo...
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2010s Japanese Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Canvas, Cotton

Denim Protea2
Located in Yokohama, JP
Thick denim flowers made of denim. Each petal is made of a layer of denim, so it has a very massive, and the inside wire allows this flower to be oriented in any direction. It is goo...
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2010s Japanese Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Canvas, Cotton

Denim Protea1
Located in Yokohama, JP
Thick denim flowers made of denim. Each petal is made of a layer of denim, so it has a very massive, and the inside wire allows this flower to be oriented in any direction. It is goo...
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2010s Japanese Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Canvas, Cotton

Painter Daruma Charcoal
Located in Yokohama, JP
Daruma is a traditional Japanese figurine that means to get up again and again even after falling down. It has been loved as a decoration to ward off evil or to express wishes for ...
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2010s Japanese Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Canvas, Cotton

Denim Lily Casablanca2
Located in Yokohama, JP
Thick denim flowers made of denim. Each petal is made of a layer of denim, so it has a very massive, and the inside wire allows this flower to be oriented in any direction. It is goo...
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2010s Japanese Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Canvas, Cotton

Denim Lily Casablanca1
Located in Yokohama, JP
Thick denim flowers made of denim. Each petal is made of a layer of denim, so it has a very massive, and the inside wire allows this flower to be oriented in any direction. It is goo...
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2010s Japanese Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Canvas, Cotton

Denim Lily Casablanca 2Blossom
Located in Yokohama, JP
Thick denim flowers made of denim. Each petal is made of a layer of denim, so it has a very massive, and the inside wire allows this flower to be oriented in any direction. It is goo...
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2010s Asian Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Canvas, Cotton

Denim Flower Rose Apricot Foundation
Located in Yokohama, JP
Thick denim flowers made of denim. Each petal is made of a layer of denim, so it has a very massive, and the inside wire allows this flower to be oriented in any direction. It is goo...
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2010s Japanese Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Canvas, Cotton

Dragon Hand Embroidery Denim Daruma
Located in Yokohama, JP
Daruma is a traditional Japanese figurine that means to get up again and again even after falling down. It has been loved as a decoration to ward off evil or to express wishes for ...
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2010s Japanese Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Canvas, Cotton

Denim Daruma Button
Located in Yokohama, JP
Daruma is a traditional Japanese figurine that means to get up again and again even after falling down. It has been loved as a decoration to ward off evil or to express wishes for ...
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2010s Japanese Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Canvas, Cotton

Unstitched Denim Daruma
Located in Yokohama, JP
Daruma is a traditional Japanese figurine that means to get up again and again even after falling down. It has been loved as a decoration to ward off evil or to express wishes for ...
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2010s Japanese Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Canvas, Cotton

Daruma Black&Gray
Located in Yokohama, JP
Daruma is a traditional Japanese figurine that means to get up again and again even after falling down. It has been loved as a decoration to ward off evil or to express wishes for ...
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2010s Japanese Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Canvas, Cotton

Shambray Daruma
Located in Yokohama, JP
Daruma is a traditional Japanese figurine that means to get up again and again even after falling down. It has been loved as a decoration to ward off evil or to express wishes for ...
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2010s Japanese Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Canvas, Cotton

Denim Daruma Indigo
Located in Yokohama, JP
Daruma is a traditional Japanese figurine that means to get up again and again even after falling down. It has been loved as a decoration to ward off evil or to express wishes for ab...
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2010s Japanese Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Canvas, Cotton

Pair Japonisme Style French Ceramic Cobalt Blue Glazed Vases by Gustave Asch
Located in New York, NY
Pair of antique, late 19th century French ceramic vases by Gustave Asch (1856-1911), founder ofAtelier de Sainte-Radegonde, in the French Japonsime style depicting gilt standing cran...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Ceramic

Early 20th Century Japanese Black Lacquer Table Lamp
Located in Canton, MA
Early 20th Century Japanese black lacquer table lamp. Black lacquer finish with a mountain and village landscape painted in gold, red and white. Original carved rosewood base in good...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Porcelain, Lacquer

A Fumidai stool - Japan - 1920
Located in SOTTEVILLE-LÈS-ROUEN, FR
Ce tabouret en bois de paulownia (kiri) incarne l'esthétique sobre et épurée du mouvement Mingei tel que défini par Sōetsu Yanagi dans son ouvrage "L’Idée du Mingei" (1933). Il reflè...
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1920s Japanese Vintage Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Wood

Antique Japanese Ink Hanging Scroll Nakabayashi Chikuto Edo Period
Located in Atlanta, GA
An ink painting on paper (Sumi-e) mounted with brocade borders as a hanging scroll. Entitled "Plum Blossom Under a Misty Moon", the artist was Japanese painter Nakabayashi Chikuto (1...
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19th Century Japanese Antique Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Brocade, Wood, Paper

Japanese Iron Garden Lantern Old Gold Finch and Bamboo
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Japanese outdoor cast iron garden lantern with gold finch and bamboo design. Round gold finch, bamboo, and pine tree motif outdoor patio or garden lantern....
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Iron

Mid 20th Century Satsuma Table Lamp
Located in Canton, MA
Mid 20th century satsuma table lamp. Features a woman and man in ornate traditional robes, with mountains ocean and a village in the background. Matte black base with red, green and ...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Porcelain

Antique Japanese Imari Plate
Located in New York, NY
Wonderful 18th to 19th century antique Imari plate with scalloped rim. Hand painted with central blue medallion, surrounded vibrant orange, crimson, blue, and green patterns. Unmarke...
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19th Century Japanese Antique Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Porcelain

A Japanese maki-è lacquer inro
Located in Milano, IT
Japanese inro with two compartments, in maki-è lacquer with nashiji decorations and circular reserves depicting flowers and leaves. Coral colored ojime and lacquer manju netsuke. Si...
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Mid-19th Century Japanese Antique Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Lacquer

A Satsuma bowl decorated with a striking landscape
Located in Milano, IT
Satsuma bowl decorated with a striking landscape that evokes the beauty and serenity of the Japanese hills, with a gently flowing river surrounded by trees and mountains. The bowl i...
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19th Century Japanese Antique Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Ceramic

A Boxwood Netsuke Depicting A Toad Resting On A Sandal
Located in Milano, IT
Boxwood netsuke depicting a toad resting on an upside-down sandal (waraji), with horned eyes. Signed Masanao on a rectangular gusset in the center of the sandal. Origin: Japan Per...
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Early 19th Century Japanese Antique Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Boxwood

A boxwood netsuke depicting a monkey trying to catch a turtle
Located in Milano, IT
A boxwood netsuke depicting a monkey trying to catch a turtle, which retracts its head and legs inside the carapace. Origin: Japan Period: Edo 19th century. Dimensions: 3.4 x 3 x ...
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Early 19th Century Japanese Antique Japonisme Furniture

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Boxwood

A lacquer inro with applications of metal flowers
Located in Milano, IT
Inro in lacquer with applications of gilded and burnished metal flowers, depicting the blossoming of the cherry tree, on a nashiji background. The decorative branches on the inro we...
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19th Century Japanese Antique Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Lacquer

Antique 19th Century Japanese Imari Scalloped Plate
Located in Pearland, TX
Wonderful 19th century antique Imari plate with scalloped edge. Featuring vibrant oranges, blues, and green.
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19th Century Japanese Antique Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Ceramic

Studio Ikebana Vase
Located in Oakland, CA
Studio ceramic Ikebana vase with four upturned spouts on a rectangular body with a footed base. The vase consists of a textural clay with sgarffito designs and earth tones glazes. I...
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1980s American Vintage Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Ceramic

Pair of Original Antique Prints of Decorative Art- Japonisme. C.1880
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Wonderful prints of Decorative Art, mainly Japonisme Chromo-lithographs Published by W.Mackenzie. C.1880 Original colour Unframed. Free shipping.
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1880s Scottish Antique Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Paper

Antique 19th Century Japanese Imari Scalloped Plate
Located in Pearland, TX
Wonderful 19th century antique Imari plate with scalloped edge. Featuring vibrant oranges, blues, and green. The center of the plate depicts a hand-painted vase with a spray of flowe...
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19th Century Japanese Antique Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Ceramic

Antique 19th Century Japanese Imari Scalloped Plate
Located in Pearland, TX
Wonderful 19th century antique Imari plate with scalloped edge. Featuring vibrant oranges, blues, and teal.
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19th Century Japanese Antique Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Ceramic

19th century Edo period's Hanging scroll Samurai players and child dancer
Located in Chiba, JP
Description - Hanging scroll with quite a surreal scene of the music and dance performance with two seated samurais and a child actor on a go-game-board who plays a role of dancing s...
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Mid-19th Century Japanese Antique Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Paper

Gojunoto, Japanese Metal Pagoda
Located in Vienna, AT
Gojunoto, Japanese Metal Pagoda - This is a wonderfully detailed smaller version of a Pagoda building made from cast iron. Pagoda buildings, Tō (塔) in Japanese, originated in ancient...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Japonisme Furniture

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Copper, Iron

1980's Japanese, Imari Style, Porcelain Serving Dish
Located in Glasgow, GB
A vintage Japanese porcelain serving dish. The serving dish, handcrafted in Japan in the 1980s, features an elaborate Japanese scene and ornamentation based on a traditional Imari d...
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1980s Japanese Vintage Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Porcelain

Vintage Chinese Decorative Wall Plate, Black, Brown with Brass Back
Located in Glasgow, GB
A vintage porcelain wall plate, handcrafted in the 1970s, features a striking combination of brown and red florals set against a bold black border. Made in Japan and adorned in China...
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1970s Japanese Vintage Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Brass

Large Mid century ceramic table lamp with Imari inspired motif.
Located in Herentals, BE
The lamp base has an attractive Imari-inspired floral pattern and is mounted on a brass base. The table lamp has a professionally handmade custom lampshade made of coarsely woven vel...
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1960s French Vintage Japonisme Furniture

Materials

Brass

Japonisme furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Japonisme furniture for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage furniture created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include decorative objects, asian art and furniture, serveware, ceramics, silver and glass and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with metal, ceramic and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Japonisme furniture made in a specific country, there are Asia, East Asia, and Japan pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original furniture, popular names associated with this style include Tiffany & Co., Gökhan Eryaman, İsmail Dağlı, and Makuzu Kozan. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for furniture differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $29 and tops out at $185,360 while the average work can sell for $2,527.

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