Stunning Matched Pair of Traditional Japanese Imari Porcelain Ovoid Form Glazed Porcelain Vases, now converted to a pair of electric Table Lamp, complete with later Ormolu Circular stepped bases. Third quarter of the Nineteenth Century.
The main outer glazed porcelain bodies with plain ribbed 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 of tallest one, an impressive) 17.25” (44cm). Diameter: (at ormolu base) 5." (12.5cm).
Condition: Superb condition with no losses. The ormolu mount and base have been re-gold plated, no losses to porcelain. This Lamp has been re-wired for electricity. Back and front views are similar.
Shipped to White Plains, New York.
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.