17th Century Japanese Kakiemon Porcelain Flower Shaped Bowl
A 17th Century Japanese Kakiemon Porcelain Bowl, Arita or Kakiemon Kilns c.1670 – 1690. This small Kakiemon flower shaped bowl with Nigoshide (milky white) glaze depicts a branch of flowering prunus with scattered prunus flowerheads . Kakiemon porcelain, like the present example, was popular in Japan but was also exported to Europe. An important collection of Kakiemon porcelain is on display at Burghley House. This collection is especially important as it has been at Burghley House since the 17th century.
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- A small Kintsugi (literally, gold seams) repaired chip, some wear to the enamels on the raised ribs.
- Diameter 12.2 cm (4 3/4 inches)
- Stock number
Kakiemon decoration is usually of high quality, often delicate and with well-balanced asymmetric designs. The designs were normally quite sparse emphasizing the fine white porcelain body known in Japan as Nigoshide (milky white). The opaque white milky Nigoshide body was used on the finest pieces, it appears that it was reserved for fine quality enamelled decoration. Kakiemon porcelain was decorated with a great variety of imaginative designs which include elements such as the `banded hedge`, `flying squirrel`, and the `Quail and Millet` design. The `Three Friends of Winter` were also a very popular group of designs, other subject taken from nature include flowers (especially the chrysanthemum, the national flower of Japan) as well as birds and rock-work. Figural subjects such as the `Hob in the Well` were also popular. This design illustrates a Chinese folk tale where a sage saves his friend who has fallen into a large fish-bowl by throwing stones at it, breaking open the pot. Banded-Hedges were a formal device within Japanese traditional gardens, they were often incorporated in designs, includes `The Three Friends of Winter` (Pine, Bamboo and Prunus). These three plants signify perseverance, as neither the pine nor the bamboo shed their leaves in winter and the plumb (Prunus) flowers at the very end of the winter, heralding the arrival of spring.
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