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Staff Pick Video: Imari Charger

Watch Administrative and Collections Assistant, Danielle, as she describes her artifact pick: an imari charger circa 1700 from the Couldery collection.

This artifact is a Japanese white porcelain circular plate with ornate hand-pained floral decoration in blue and yellow.

Porcelain was rare and as such was a status symbol for wealthy Europeans. Chinese porcelain dominated international trade, but at the end of the 16th century large deposits of keolin porcelain stone were discovered in Arita, Japan.

Imari charger circa 1700. White round plate with ornate hand-painted floral design.

Front of charger before restoration.

Imari porcelain was created solely for export, and is in fact named for the port through which it was exported.

Back of circular white plate with three large breaks repaired with staples.

Back of charger before restoration.

In the image above, you can see where the plate has been repaired – three large pieces from the rim were stapled together at the back.

Close up of the rim of a damaged plate restored.

Close up of the back of the plate after restoration.

The plate was conserved a Queen’s University Masters of Art Conservation student, Daniel Doyle in October 2013.  The staples were carefully removed and the drill holes from the staples were filled in.  The broken pieces were then reattached using a conservation approved glue.

Melissa Wakeling has a Bachelor of Arts from Trent University and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Museum Management and Curatorship from Fleming College. Melissa works as Education and Marketing Coordinator at Glanmore National Historic Site in Belleville, Ontario.