Moorabool Antique Galleries

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'Imari' is the name for a certain range of colours on ceramics (underglaze blue, iron red, gold) in an oriental pattern, originally Japanese but copied by the Chinese and Europeans Called Imari as it was first exported to the West from the port of Imari, the ware was actually the product of the Arita kilns. They had become desirable in the West in the mid-17th century, and after the Chinese's porcelain production capacity was massively reduced and the Qing Dynasty Chinese government halted trade, between 1656-84. After this period China was able to produce vast quantities for export at a significantly lower cost, and Japanese trade disappeared. The clever Chinese potters, and the Dutch East India Company buyers doing the purchasing, were aware of the desirability of the Imari patterns, and so came to copy and adapt them to their own works. Later in Europe, many factories came to imitate the style, and it is still produced for the contemporary consumer.
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