Stunning Traditional Japanese Imari Bulbous Form Porcelain Vase of generous proportions, now converted to an electric Table Lamp, complete with later Ormolu stepped base and mount. First half of the Nineteenth Century.
The main outer porcelain body 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. central
Height: (entire overall as shown in image one an impressive) 15.5” (39.5cm). Diameter: (at base) 6” (15cm).
Condition: Superb condition with no losses. The ormolu mount and base has been re-gold plated. This lamp is re-wired for electricity. Back and front views are similar.
Affordable fixed price Worldwide Store to door shipping.
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.