One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
usually as modifier A type of richly decorated Japanese porcelain.‘an Imari vase’
- ‘Besides Imari, the most famous names for porcelain are Arita, Kutani, Hirado, Kakiemon and Satsuma.’
- ‘Arita, Imari and other Japanese ceramics were very popular in the Netherlands and in other European countries.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The different styles in Imari ware are named after the region where they are produced or after the potter families who had invented the style.’
- ‘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.’
Late 19th century: from the name of a port in NW Kyushu, Japan, from which it was shipped.
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