10 Mar, 2024 - By Donald Obimba

It was towards the end of the Momoyama period that skilled Korean potters who learned their trade in China, came to Japan and settled on the island of Kyushu.
In Kyushu, they discovered the famed Kaolin clay in the town of Arita, in 1616, and the production of Imari porcelain began at the Arita kilns in Hizen province.
Imari was named after the sea port of Imari, from where it was shipped at the beginning of the 17th century.
Imari is the European name for Japanese porcelain wares made in the town of Arita and exported from the port of Imari in western Japan.
Imari ware is also called Arita ware.
There are two predominant styles of Imari porcelain that are easily recognisable either by their pattern or by the use of certain colours.
The first is the KAKIEMON style, in which the porcelain is richly decorated with dark coral, floral patterns on a bright white background, small interweaves of yellow, gold, green and blue.
Such porcelain are quite rare and are highly valuable.
The second and most popular in the West, is KINRAND Imari, which feature classically vivid dark colours of green, red, purple, yellow and blue, with lush decoration often of the beauty of nature, people or animals.
A Meiji period Imari vase in the 12 to 16 inch size range can retail anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 in today's market.
GOLD IMARI are hand painted vintage Imari wares produced between 1959 and 1984.
The Gold Imari pieces in the photo are hand painted and are some of the items in stock at Onye Obimba Collectables.

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