Thursday, May 27, 2010

Imari Faire

I love Imari patterned china. Imari being the collector’s name for a various type of porcelain and pattern which originated in the town of Arita in Japan. The design is full of rich oranges, blues gold and white which create an unmistakeable pattern which is instantly recognised as Imari. Along with the more familiar Chinese blue and white designs this is the quintessential Asian style.

18th Century Imari Plate from Japan
The designs have been interpreted down through the ages across several continents, with the ultimate European interpretation coming from Crown Derby in England. Other companies such as Coalport and Meissen have all had their own slant on the design.

Coalport Imari Bowl.

Two Crown Derby Plates
A dinner table looks absolutely fabulous set with Imari, however I do think it is more suited to decoration than to eating off. Food would get lost in the intricate designs and colours. That said a cup of tea out a Crown Derby Imari cup and saucer, elevates tea drinking to a whole new level. A level of sophistication and savoir faire that just cannot be beat.


  1. I have a weak spot for beautiful China. Fabulous little peaces of art. :-)
    Thank you so very much for the wonderful comment under my Chanel clogs post. I went a bit insane there for a bit, but back to normal happy self now waiting for my ticket to Paris instead. :-))) Unfortunately, I can not allow myslef both: clogs and Paris. Paris wins!:-)Have a beautiful weekend!

  2. I too have such a weak spot for beuatiful china, it makes the days all so much better!

    As to the clogs, well........ Paris is ultimately the right choice.

    Have a weekend full of savoir faire!

  3. I have 12 chargers that I bought at an estate auction...I adore them. The Crown Derby pattern is one of my favorites...loving that table setting! Abundance is good!

  4. Jill, You lucky thing! 12 chargers!


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