Characteristically for Kakiemon, the design on this dish is Chinese (a tiger and dragon) executed in vibrant enamel colours, while the body is a warm, rich white against which the motifs are delicately and sparsely placed. Typical too of Kakiemon is the rust-red coating on the rim.
In Europe a passion developed for Kakiemon porcelain, where it was first copied by Meissen and later in England by the Chelsea, Bow and Worcester factories. In fact, before its acquisition by the gallery, this piece had mistakenly been exhibited as Chelsea.
The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.262.
Arita ware Kakiemon style dish with tiger and dragon design
circa 1670-circa 1690
porcelain with overglaze enamel
3.5 x 18.3 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Referenced in 4 publications
Chiaki Ajioka, The world of Antiques & Art, 'The Origins of Ko-Kutani Porcelain', pg. 90-92, Bondi Junction, Jul 2002-Dec 2002, 90 (colour illus.).
Jackie Menzies, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'Asian Art - India, South-East Asia, China, Tibet, Korea, Japan', pg. 173-228, Sydney, 1994, 218 (colour illus.).
Jackie Menzies and Edmund Capon, Asian Collection Handbook, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Japanese Art', pg. 70-82, Sydney, 1990, 75 (colour illus.).
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 262 (colour illus.).