Vase Hexagon with Lid

Age: 19-20th century

Condition: Very good

Size (cminches): 7 x 7 x 20


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White china hexagon cylindrical vase with lid. Japanese. Two panels decorated with birds and flowers. Two side panels have white flowers on patterned background. Lid is also nicely decorated.

History & Provenance

Kakiemon Imari ware hexagonal jar, flowering plant and phoenix design in overglaze enamel. Edo period, 17th century Kakiemon is a style of Japanese porcelain, with overglaze decoration called "enamelled" ceramics. It was originally produced at the factories around Arita, in Japan's Hizen province (today, Saga Prefecture) from the Edo period's mid-17th century onwards. The style shares much in common with the Chinese "Famille Verte" style. The quality of its decoration was highly prized in the West and widely imitated by major European porcelain manufacturers during the Rococo period. Kakiemon is a term that generates some confusion, being the name of a family, one or more kilns, and a brightly coloured overglaze style broadly imitating Chinese wares. The style originated with the family, whose kilns were the main producers of it, but other kilns also made it, and the Kakiemon kilns made other styles. Both the palette and style, and very probably the kiln, were in place by the 1680s. The style is a sub-type of what is called in the West Imari ware, the overglaze coloured variety of the broader grouping Arita ware, dominant in Japanese export porcelain in its first successful period, up to the 1740s. The style was quickly copied by the new European porcelain factories that appeared in the 18th century, such as Meissen in Germany, Chantilly in France and Chelsea in England. The Chinese also began to copy the style for Chinese export porcelain. By about 1760 it had largely fallen from fashion in Europe.

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