Imari porcelain's ancient pedigree

November 08, 2018

Imari porcelain's ancient pedigree

Imari has an irrefutable pedigree that dates back centuries. Its reputation as fine porcelain ware is unequaled. Collectors and interior designer alike value the historical and aesthetic significance of Imari pieces.

Imari is a type of Arita porcelain traditionally made in the town of Arita, former Hizen Province, in northwestern Japan. It was exported to Europe extensively from the Port of Imari between the 17th and 18th centuries, hence the name. Imari ware has been continuously produced up through the present day.






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