WHY WE LOVE IT: These beautiful English Imari porcelain plates date to the Regency period circa 1820.
The plates have a vivid palette of orange red, light and dark blue, green and gold. In the central panel, and the four panels on the border we see large orange flowers and around them small green leaves and orange buds: all enhanced with brilliant gilt which gives the design a luxurious touch. Between each panel is a blue column with deep cobalt blue highlighted by a touch of light blue. The back of the dishes have the Derby mark of the period in iron red.
Background of Imari porcelains:
In the late 17th century, Japanese potters in Arita first made export porcelains with elaborate gilt design to cater to European consumers. As the wares were shipped abroad from the port of Imari, this category of brilliantly enameled porcelain was conventionally known as “Imari ware.” From the 18th century, English artisans followed the Japanese example and manufactured similar Imari-style porcelain products “Japan” patterns.