|Mudlarking Finds: Imari Porcelain shards|
Surprisingly they could be 350 years old. Initially made in Arita, Japan and exported from the port of Imari, between 1650 – 1750. There are many subcategories, the shards pictured above I suspect are Kinrande Imari.
Imari porcelain was exported by the Dutch East India Company and became popular when Chinese Porcelain was difficult to source due to the chaos at the end of the Ming Dynasty in 1644 and subsequently by the decision of the Qing Dynasty to cease trading between 1656-1684. Quite something to think these small fragments may have been carried by these enormous old, old ships below
|Dutch Ships 1685 by Isaac Sailmaker (National Maritime Museum)|
|Chinese Imari Tea Caddy (Antiques now)|
|Chinese Imari Style (Aspire Auctions)|