Antique Imari Lamps

Our collection of antique Imari lamps will add a colourful splash of style to an interior. The striking Imari colours, developed by the Japanese potters in the 17th century, provide rich colour and design.

These Imari patterns were inspired by those found in traditional Japanese kimono textiles, the palette consisting of cobalt blue, deep iron red, yellow, aubergine, greens and black.

Why Japanese Lamps?

With their distinctive style, Japanese lamps make an impressive impact to an interior. Drawing on a long history, Japanese ceramics date back over 10,000 years to the Jomon period (14,000 – 400 B.C.). In fact, the Jomon people were among the very first in the world to create pottery vessels.

Given this, the artistic range of pottery and porcelain from Japan is the subject of a library of reference books. A Japanese antique lamp truly offers an antique work of art with a strong link to the rich ceramic history of Japanese culture.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a lamp from your Imari range in the States/UK?

All of our Imari lamps, including pieces from both the vintage and antique collections, are shipped to the US and UK and are wired to US and UK specifications.

Do all Japanese lamps come with the lamp shade as shown?

Lamp shades, if required, can be ordered if desired with the purchased Japanese lamp.

How do you ship your Imari lamps to the States / UK?

With a wide selection of Imari lamps, we are proud to be able to ship both our antique and vintage collections worldwide through strict precautions to ensure the lamp stays in perfect condition. All lamps ordered are carefully double boxed, shipped and delivered via Australia Post.

How much will it cost to ship my Imari lamp?

The shipping price for our Imari lamps are given by Australia Post only when the lamp is packed and ready to ship. You will be advised of the price before shipping.

Is it safe to post a Japanese lamp?

Certainly! We have been shipping lamps and antique porcelain, including ones from our Japanese collection, via Australia Post since 1982 and have never had an item damaged. We strongly believe quality packing is the best insurance.

History of Japanese Lamps

Japan was a feudal society with no contact with the Western world, until three Portuguese traders, blown off course, arrived in 1543, landing at the southern tip of Tanegashima, off the south-west of Japan. Eager to trade with Japan, the Portuguese soon established a trading concession through the port of Nagasaki. The Portuguese were the first Europeans to establish trade in Japan, until the first Dutch ship arrived in 1600 and in 1609, the Dutch East India Company established a trading factory in Hirado. The Dutch eventually became the only Europeans allowed to remain in Japan and it was the Dutch East Indies Co who introduced Japanese porcelain to the European market. This changed, however with the arrival of the American Commodore, Matthew Perry in July 1853, who led his four ships into the harbour at Tokyo Bay, seeking to re-establish trade for the first time in over 200 years. Eventually, in 1860 Japan reopened its doors to trading with the West and one of the products that the West was eager to buy, was porcelain.

It was soon after this date that Japan began to export the bright ceramics that we know today as Imari. The name “Imari” refers not to the product of a particular kiln or group of kilns, but to the name of the port of Imari on Japan's southern large island of Kyushu. It was from this port that ceramics bound for Europe were loaded on to ships to Nagasaki. It was at Nagasaki that European traders purchased the porcelains and the long haul by sailing ship to Europe began.

Japanese lamps were adapted from various mediums, Japanese porcelain, pottery and bronze being ideal for table lamp lighting. Japanese Imari porcelain became immediately popular with its bright palette of colours, however, the history of Japanese ceramics is vast and our Japanese lamps collection illustrates some of this uniquely Japanese style including examples of Arita, Kutani and Imari.