20th April 2017
The Imari dishes that sit in the Cedar Drawing Room are Japanese, dating back to 1700. They were made in Arita, Japan and were a big hit with the Georgian aristocracy: everybody wanted Imari.
Each dish has two bijins in the centre (beautiful women), one with their attendants in a garden and the other on a footbridge within a decorated dark blue border with peony and open scroll pictures.
These dishes were only designed for decorative purposes and not for use as serving dishes. The Grevilles, however, decided to make use of them and bought four beautiful gilt-wood 19th century stands to display them, and then proceeded to use them for banquets, two for rose water to wash your hands, the other two filled with nibbles.