English Imari Hand-Painted Porcelain Sugar Box Circa 1825


This colorful porcelain sugar box was hand-painted in England circa 1825. The exciting design is Imari influenced. The colors seem to jump off the porcelain. The clean white porcelain is decorated with a vivid palette of orange and deep cobalt blue, with highlights of yellow, bright green, and gold. The elaborate design includes both geometric and nature-based forms. The cover is topped by a gilded finial in the form of a flower bud.

Dimensions: 7″ long x 3.5″ wide x5.25″ tall

Condition: Excellent

In stock


In the late 17th century, Japanese potters in Arita made export porcelains with iron-red, cobalt blue, and elaborate gilt designs to cater to European consumers. As the wares were shipped abroad from the Imari port, this brilliantly enameled porcelain category was known as “Imari ware.” From the 18th century, English artisans followed the Japanese example and manufactured similar Imari-inspired porcelain products called “Japan” patterns.

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