Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Imari porcelain refers to a type of porcelain made in the town of Arita since the 17th Century and was widely distributed throughout Europe by the Dutch East India Company, who established a trading post in Nagasaki in1636 that was built on an artificial island, so as to limit the contact of the Japanese population to the barbaric outsiders by order of the Shogun.
Imari patterns were so popular that by the 18th Century the Chinese were making their own versions of it, as well as many English and European manufactures. The Dutch held onto their exclusivity until the Americans smashed the trade monopoly after Commodore Perry's intervention. From the 1850s on a flood of new Imari porcelain production became available in Europe and North America.
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