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American Decorative Arts

Pair of plates, “Imari” pattern


Porcelain with blue, beige and orange underglaze decoration, red enamel and gilding overglaze

Mabel Brady Garvan Collection, by exchange
The first Chinese porcelains to reach the American continent came to the west coast in the sixteenth century on Spanish ships from the Philippines. Both Chinese and Japanese export wares were enjoyed by the Dutch of New Netherlands in the seventeenth century. Political upheavals in China virtually stopped all trading between China and the West between the years 1657 and 1683; the porcelain kilns at Ching-te Chen were destroyed. To cater to the porcelain market in the interim, the Dutch opened trade with Japan and carried the porcelains of that country to Europe. Japanese Imari was thus in use in the West in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. These plates are representative of the type of Asian wares that would have been used in colonial homes during that time period.
Made in Japan
On view*
18th century
Containers - Ceramics



“Acquisitions 2002,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2003): 142.

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