Definition of Imari in English:

Imari

noun

  • usually as modifier A type of richly decorated Japanese porcelain.

    ‘an Imari vase’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

Imari

/ɪˈmɑːri/