Imari: Japanese Porcelain for European Palaces

Imari: Japanese Porcelain for European PalacesI’m now back in Tokyo where I recently viewed the stunning Imari: Japanese Porcelain for European Palaces exhibition at the Suntory Museum of Art in Midtown. The history behind the intricately decorated porcelain and its export to European courts and a nobility obsessed with orientalism during the 17th century proved very interesting. However, the highlight of the exhibition was seeing the fine artistry of the beautiful motifs in detail, up close and personal.

Imari: Japanese Porcelain for European PalacesThere were so many pieces that I’d like to see in my own home so, with the help of the exhibition catalog I’ve made a long shopping list consisting of porcelain plates, vases and figurines that I hope to find in modern reproduction and add to my own collection.


2 thoughts on “Imari: Japanese Porcelain for European Palaces

  1. Wonderful porcelain! So if you´re going to stock up on porcelain as well there is soon just your palace missing. Saw there was a smaller one up for sale, maybe your price range (= insanely expensive). Depends on where you´ll base yourself for work but it seems like you´re all over the world again.

  2. Japanese porcelain has been copied extensively in the UK, though most if it produces only a snigger amongst antiques enthusiasts. I have a geisha I inherited from my grandmother. It used to sit on her piano and has a cost per pair scribbled on the base, so presumably it was bought cheaply somewhere. Nevertheless I treasure it as something that belonged to her and which she no doubt bought during one of the many periods when a wave of enthusiasm for all things Japanese swept the country if not the world. The painter Whistler was an enthusiast of Japanese blue and white and many of his acquaintances emulated him in this as in his painting and engraving style. Wonderful to see examples of originals.

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