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Arita ware

(Japan  – )

Dish with tiger and dragon design
Other titles:
Kakiemon style
Arita ware Kakiemon style dish with tiger and dragon design
Place of origin
Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
circa 1670-circa 1690
Media category
Materials used
porcelain with overglaze enamel

3.5 x 18.3 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 1983
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (4)

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.).

Exhibition history (2)

Exhibition of Chelsea and Chelsea Derby Porcelain, The Ceramic Society of Australia, Sydney, 02 Oct 1952–17 Oct 1952

Exhibition of Old English China 1742-1835, The Ceramic Society of Australia, Sydney, 15 Sep 1959–23 Sep 1959