Imari porcelain was the name given to Japanese porcelain wares made in the town of Arita, located in the former Hizen Province, northwestern Kyushu. These wares were exported to Europe from the port of Imari, Saga between the latter half of the 17th century and the former half of 18th century. Both the Japanese as well as the Europeans referred to these wares as Imari, although the Japanese also called these porcelains Arita-yaki. Imari or Arita porcelain has been produced continuously from the 17th century until the present date. The term 'Imari' does not refer to anything more than the trans-shipment port for Arita wares, which was the heart of the Japanese porcelain industry since the 17th century.
Though there are many types of Imaris, the popular conception of Imari is associated with Kinrande Imari, which was produced and exported in large quantity in the mid-17th century, and then again in the 19th century with the resurgence of Japonism in Europe. The subject matter of Imari is quite diverse ranging from representational paintings of foliage, flowers, people and scenery, to sophisticated abstract designs.
The Antiquarians have a wonderful set of 8 salad plates in the Imari Fan pattern by Arita, which was discontinued in 1984 - 1985. Painted in vivid hues of rust, cobalt, blue and green, these lovely scalloped plates are finished with a thin edge of gold paint. A vased filled with flowers embellishes the center of the intricate fan pattern. Each plate measures 7-3/8" in diameter. The plates are all in excellent vintage condition with no cracks, chips or crazing.
Our particular plates are featured on some of the well-known replacements websites, although for a considerably higher price. Whether you are looking for lovely and colorful plates to augment your curio cabinet, or you are planning to set a table in the old European Japonaise style, these plates will be both a shrewd investment and lovely additions to the modern home.
Our shipping costs on this set of dishes will be $30.00. If this seems a tad high, please understand that in most instances, we will actually pay more to ship your items than we are actually charging! In addition, we will often send sets of dishes in multiple boxes because we pack them very carefully, to ensure that they reach you in the condition that they were in when they left our care. We often joke with each other that we could probably stick a stamp and a mailing address on our bubble-wrapped items, and dispense entirely with the box. That is because we use a large quantity of bubble wrap and other packing materials to protect the items that you buy. So please understand that the shipping we charge you reflects only a portion of our actual cost!