Imari, Japanese (Aka-e) - (Porcelain Japan) Glossary of Antique Terms I

Imari, Japanese (Aka-e) - (Porcelain Japan) "Imari" is actually a Japanese harbor in close proximity to the Arita kiln area, in the present Saga Prefecture. In the West "Japanese Imari" has become the trade name of a Japanese ware with a characteristic decoration mainly in underglaze blue with added red, gilt and occasionally green enamels. The correct name of this decoration is aka-e (red painting) and was first produced around 1640.


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