Definition of Imari in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈmɑːri/


[usually as modifier]
A type of richly decorated Japanese porcelain: an Imari vase
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  • For example, the five-piece Chinese garniture of about 1700 illustrated in Plate XI is almost identical to Japanese Imari wares and was clearly made to take advantage of a market niche established by the Japanese.
  • As the export trade boomed, European demand for Japanese Imari ware became too great for the Japanese producers, and competing Chinese potters took over the export porcelain trade.
  • Arita, Imari and other Japanese ceramics were very popular in the Netherlands and in other European countries.


Late 19th century: from the name of a port in NW Kyushu, Japan, from which it was shipped.

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