Sold Ceramics - Sold Japanese Imari 1690-1800 - 'Gold' Imari - Page 2
Objects 2010612 & 2010406
Bowl and saucer
Height of bowl 70 mm (2.76 inch), diameter of rim 139 mm (5.47 inch), diameter of footring 59 mm (2.32 inch)
Height of saucer 23 mm (0.91 inch), diameter of rim 180 mm (7.09 inch), diameter of footring 95 mm (3.74 inch)
Exhibited: The Asian Galleries Reinmagined - Color Across Asia held from 21 December 2016 to 13 May 2018 at the Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chaphil Hill, The United States of America, Object Guide no. 70.
Bowl on footring with spreading lobbed rim. The inside ribbed. Matching ribbed saucer on footring, on the base a single spur-mark. The matching saucer was acquired at a later date. 'Gold' Imari, decorated in overglaze iron-red, green, black and gold.
The saucer with a central design of a pine tree and blossoming cherry with two birds perched on a branch surrounded by two groups of rocks, grasses and peonies. On the sides and rim cloud-like partitions with flower sprays, foliate scrolls, paulownia branches and two phoenixes in flight. On the reverse three fuiting 'Buddha's hand citron' (Citrus medica) or finger lemon fruit, peach and pomegranate sprays. The bowl is decorated en suite, but with one standing phoenix and one in flight.
This type of decoration is traditionally called 'gold' Imari because of the lavish use of gold, on this bowl it is combined with overglaze green enamel, black and iron-red. (Jörg 2003/1, p.112)
For an identically shaped and decorated bowl and saucer, please see:
- Fine & Curious. Japanese Export Porcelain in Dutch Collections, (C.J.A. Jörg, Hotei Publishing, Amsterdam, 2003), p.112, cat. 118 & 118a.
For identically decorated bowls, please see:
- Oosters porselein. Delfts aardewerk. Wisselwerkingen, (C.J.A. Jörg, Groningen, 1983), p.27, cat. 11.
- Mistrovská dĩla Japonského porcelánu / Masterpieces of Japanese Porcelain, (F. Suchomel, Prague 1997), pp.136-137, cat. 178.