CLEIJ ORIENTAL ART
Specializing in Chinese and Japanese porcelain and ceramic works of art from the 17th and 18th century

Starting Page Our Collection About Us Shipping and Payment Information Links Contact Information

Return to Collection

Chinese Imari

Chinese Imari is characterized by its typical underglaze blue and overglaze red and gold decoration. This first Chinese Imari was produced at the end of the reign of the Chinese emperor Kangxi (1662-1722). The inspiration for this style originates from 17th century Japanese examples. When during the 2nd half of the 17th century the Dutch East India Company (VOC) could no longer export porcelain from China, they searched for other porcelain suppliers in Asia. It was at this time that the porcelain trade with Japan became important. Some of the porcelain from Japan was decorated in the above mentioned Imari style. This style was very popular in Europe. After the Chinese factories reopened for export around 1700, the Dutch merchants ordered porcelain with a similar decoration in China. Early Chinese Imari has all the typical features of the fine Kangxi export wares of the early 18th century, although in some cases the decoration was still inspired by earlier Japanese designs. Over the course of the 18th century, Chinese Imari developed its own distinct characteristics. Please click on the thumbnail for additional pictures and information about an item.


Chinese Imari plate with lanterns and rabbit
Kangxi, circa 1720
$375
Pair of Chinese Imari plates with pomegranates
Kangxi, circa 1720
$795
Chinese Imari plate with flower scroll
Qianlong, circa 1740
$270
Chinese Imari plate with landscape
Qianlong, circa 1750
$260
2 Chinese Imari tecaups and saucers
Qianlong, circa 1760
$295
Large 7-inch Chinese Imari bowl
Qianlong, circa 1740
$215
Chinese Imari barber's bowl
1st half 18th century
$975
Chinese Imari lidded box
Kangxi, circa 1720
$295
Fine Chinese Imari plate
Qianlong, circa 1740
$255
Set of three Chinese Imari teacups and saucers
Kangxi, circa 1700
$475
Fine Chinese Imari teacup and saucer
Qianlong, circa 1740
$160
Chinese Imari teacup and saucer with figures
Kangxi, circa 1700
$245
Fine Chinese Imari saucer with flowers
Kangxi, circa 1720
$160
Chinese Imari teapot with butterflies
Kangxi, circa 1700
$725
Chinese Imari plate with flower vase and precious items
Kangxi, circa 1720
$295

Return to Collection


Copyright 2004-2010