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Cup and saucer

Cup and saucer

  • Place of origin:

    Mino (made)

  • Date:

    1875 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kato Gosuke (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain decorated in underglaze blue

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 19, shelf 5 []

The glassy quality of the glaze and the vibrant hue of the blue found on this cup and saucer are typical of late nineteenth-century porcelains from Mino, which is located to the northeast of Nagoya in central Japan. Kato Gosuke was a renowned painter of birds and flowers who went on to win several awards at the 1878 Paris Exposition Universelle. The cup and saucer were part of a group of over 200 ceramics bought on behalf of the V&A by the Japanese Exposition commissioners with funds provided by Philip Cunliffe-Owen, an ardent Japanophile who was director of the V&A from 1874 to 1893. The instructions sent to the commissioners were that they should ‘make an historical collection of porcelain and pottery from the earliest period until the present time, to be formed in such a way as to give fully the history of the art.’

Physical description

Painted with summer flowers.

Place of Origin

Mino (made)


1875 (made)


Kato Gosuke (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain decorated in underglaze blue

Marks and inscriptions

Made by Kato Gosuke of the Province of Mino, Japann
On base

Descriptive line

Cup and saucer, porcelain with moulded relief design and decoration in underglaze blue; made in the province of Mino by Kato Gosuke, Japan, Meiji period, ca. 1875

Labels and date

Porcelain with clear glaze and decoration in underglaze cobalt blue
Mark Nihon Mino (no) Kuni Kato Gosuke sei in underglaze blue on base
Mino ware, by Kato Gosuke IV (active c.1863-1898)
JAPANESE; c.1875
185-1877 [As at 2005]




Blue and white; Painted; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Floral patterns


Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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