Bellamysworld has received this week a beautiful collection of 18th century Chinese Imari plates mainly from the Kangxi period during the Qing dynasty. Some 19th century Cantonese and “famille rose” porcelain is also part of the collection.
Imari ware originates from the village of Arita in Japan back to the 17th century. Although there are many types of Imari ware, the most recognized type in the West is called in Japanese “Kinrande”. Imari ware is underglaze cobalt blue colored with red and gold over glaze. The patterns painted are very diverse and range from subjects to flowers or sceneries. These colors were new at the time. China was known for its blue and white Ming porcelain and Imari’s colors were a novelty back then.
Chinese Imari in Europe
During the 18th century, China started the production of very refined Imari ware imitating the Arita design. This production of high quality was mainly for the export market. Chinese Imari became so popular in Europe during the 18th century that European porcelain and ceramics factories such as Meissen in Germany and Johnson Bros in England started to imitate Imari style.
We invite you to take a first look at this lovely collection that will soon be put up for sale at bellamysworld.com