Stunning Pair Traditional Japanese Imari Bulbous Form Porcelain Vases of average proportions, now converted to a pair of electric Table Lamps, complete with ormolu stepped circular bases and later ormolu mounts. First half of the Nineteenth Century.
The main outer fluted ribbed porcelain ovoid body form with plain glazed surface detail and all over typical decorative Imari palette in colours of iron red and cobalt blue tones on an off-white ground.
Height: (entire overall as shown in image one) 15.5” (30.5cm). Diameter: (at ormolu bases) 5.75" (14.5cm).
Condition: Superb condition with no losses. The ormolu mounts and bases have been re-gold plated, some light wear to gilding at top rims. These Lamps are re-wired for electricity. Back and front views are similar.
Shipped to Kensington Church Street, London
Imari Ware first began arriving from Japan to Europe in the late 17th century. The elegant porcelain thrilled royals and nobles, and was not only used as high-end crockery but also displayed as status symbols in royal palaces. The mountain village of Okawachiyama and its secret kilns is the best place to explore the history of Imari ware.
The origins of Japan’s prized Imari ware can be traced back four centuries to Kyushu, when a potter discovered the white kaolin clay essential to producing porcelain in the town of Arita. Arita potters were soon making porcelain and shipping it from nearby Imari Port to other parts of Japan. Despite the source, their products became known as Imari ware—or Imari for short—and porcelain from the Edo period (1603-1867) is collectively referred to as Old Imari ware.
Today Japanese Imari Antique Porcelain items remain as popular as ever throughout Europe, America and Canada. This is a stunning Pair Lamps showing Imari decoration at its very best.