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  • Place of origin:

    Arita (made)

  • Date:

    1690-1720 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in underglaze blue, overglaze enamels and gilding

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 21, shelf 2

This fluted bowl in so-called Imari style is a classic example of a type of porcelain made for export to Europe during by potters in Arita in western Japan. The distinctive colour scheme was widely copied in eighteenth-century Europe and is still used by manufacturers today. The bowl is one of several fine examples of Japanese export porcelain bequeathed to the V&A in 1910 by the Australian-born collector George Salting (1835-1909), who settled in England in 1858.

Physical description

Porcelain bowl in chrysanthemum form, fluted sides, scalloped edge. Painted in two shades of green, two shades of red, yellow, manganese-purple and underglaze blue. Outside are eight panels, containing alternately flowering plants and floral medallions in reserve on a bisected ground. Inside, a medallion containing plum-blossom and two branches of chrysanthemums, one stylised.

Place of Origin

Arita (made)


1690-1720 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in underglaze blue, overglaze enamels and gilding

Marks and inscriptions

A circle
Mark in underglaze blue


Height: 9.8 cm, Diameter: 21.6 cm

Descriptive line

Chrysanthemum form bowl, porcelain painted in underglaze blue, overglaze enamels and gilding; Japanese, Arita kilns (Imari type), Edo period, late 17th to early 18th century.




Painted; Glazed; Gilding

Subjects depicted

Chrysanthemum; Prunus blossoms


Ph_survey; Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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