For centuries, Imari porcelain has been a staple in the timeless, classic home. Imari is a style of porcelain named after the Japanese port from which it was shipped to the West, beginning in the late 17th century. Originally made in the town now known as Arita, Imari ware (also called Japan or Japan ware), took its design cues from colorful Japanese textiles of the day. Exotic landscapes, gnarled trees, long-winged birds such as cranes, and depictions of courtesans in exquisitely detailed kimonos are just a few examples of the most common Imari imagery. The most frequent Imari palette revolved around three main colors—the blue underglaze, plus a rusty reddish-orange and a brilliant gold. The popularity of this trio led to countless imitations in the West including Meissen in Germany and Spode in England, both of whom copied Imari freely. (source)
Imari is beautiful on its own or when mixed with blue and white Chinese export and English Staffordshire. Below are several examples of how to incorporate classic Imari within your home.
Do you collect Imari porcelain, and if so, how do you display it in your home? Etsy and eBay are two of my favorite resources for collecting, and I have selected some beautiful pieces below if you are looking to begin or add to a collection… Enjoy!