Stunning Pair Traditional Japanese Imari Bulbous Form Hand Painted Porcelain Vases of quite large proportions. Second half of the Nineteenth Century.
The main outer porcelain body with stylish flared rims and ovoid tapering form, 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 an impressive) 12.25” (31cm). Diameter: (at bases) 5.25" (13.5cm).
Condition: Superb condition with no losses. Light wear to gilt highlights. These pieces are typically unmarked. Back and front views are similar.
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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 Urns showing Imari decoration at its very best.