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On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 145

Dish

1690-1720 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

With its very white porcelain body and asymmetrical design painted in a bright but soft palette of blue, red, yellow, green and black enamel, this is a classic example of Japanese Kakiemon-style porcelain. The phoenixes and the combination of pine, prunus and bamboo, the so-called 'Three Friends of Winter', were thought of in Japan as auspicious motifs, though their significance would have been lost on western owners of such wares.
read Japan's encounter with Europe, 1573 – 1853
object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Porcelain painted in overglaze enamels and gold
Brief Description
Dish, porcelain decorated in overglaze enamels and gilt; Japan, Arita kilns (Kakiemon type), Edo period, 1690-1720
Physical Description
Dish with scalloped sides painted sparsely with phoenixes, pine, prunus and a bamboo fence in Kakiemon-style overglaze enamel colours
Dimensions
  • Height: 4.7cm
  • Diameter: 18.7cm
Dimensions from registers
Styles
Credit line
Given by Miss E. Humphreys-Owen
Subjects depicted
Summary
With its very white porcelain body and asymmetrical design painted in a bright but soft palette of blue, red, yellow, green and black enamel, this is a classic example of Japanese Kakiemon-style porcelain. The phoenixes and the combination of pine, prunus and bamboo, the so-called 'Three Friends of Winter', were thought of in Japan as auspicious motifs, though their significance would have been lost on western owners of such wares.
Collection
Accession Number
FE.83-1970

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record createdJune 25, 2009
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