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An image of Covered jar with design of aster, pinks and birds by Arita ware

Arita ware

(Japan  – )

Covered jar with design of aster, pinks and birds
Other titles:
Imari ware covered jar
Covered jar
Place of origin
Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
18th century
Media category
Materials used
porcelain with red and gold overglaze enamels

83.5 x 40.0 cm:

a - jar; 59 x 40 x 22.2 cm

b - lid; 26.5 x 26.5 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased with funds provided by the J.S. Watkins Memorial Fund 1984
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Arita ware or Imari ware?

Arita ware (porcelain made around the Arita region) is commonly referred to as 'Imari ware' both in Japan and overseas because porcelain products from the region were transported to domestic and overseas markets through the port of Imari, approximately 15km north of Arita. For the sake of consistency, all porcelain works produced during the Edo period in the Art Gallery of New South Wales collection are catalogued according to the production site, e.g. Arita ware and Hasami ware.

Imari itself was home to the Nabeshima ware, exclusively produced at the Ôkawachi kilns for official use of the ruling Nabeshima clan. With the establishment of the Meiji government in 1868 the independent fiefs of the Edo period were replaced by prefectures in 1871, and the Ôkawachi kilns entered the free market. The term 'Imari ware' (or Ôkawachi ware) now applies to works produced in Imari from 1871 to the present.

Bibliography (1)

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 264-265 (colour illus.). The colour illus. on page 265 is a detail of this work.

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