A fine and rare Kakiemon oviform vase Edo Period, circa 1680
Lot 476
A fine and rare Kakiemon oviform vase
Edo Period, circa 1680
£40,000 - 60,000
US$ 50,000 - 75,000

Lot Details
A fine and rare Kakiemon oviform vase
Edo Period, circa 1680
Decorated in yellow, aubergine, orange, turquoise and blue enamels with three panels depicting a pair of Edo Period figures beside a long-tailed bird-of-paradise perched on a bamboo tree, one of the figures with a parasol, and the other figure holding a large uchiwa.
30cm (12in) high

Footnotes

  • For a similar example, also without the cover, see Christie's King Street sale 13.11.1989. [lot 198]. Other examples are illustrated in 'Japanese Porcelain' by Soame Jenyns/plate 57B and 'Nihon no Toji'/plate 95.

    This group may be as early as 1670 or indeed as late as 1690. Another, very significant, example, dated to 1670-90, is illustrated in 'Porcelain for Palaces/The Fashion for Japan in Europe, 1650-1750' by Ayers, Impey and Mallet. Interestingly, the authors point out that although from The Porzellansammlung in Dresden, the vase doesn't carry the Augustus The Strong inventory mark. Furthermore, the vase's cover is a Dutch Delft replacement, implying that, as with the example offered here, the covers were particularly vulnerable.

    Some speculation exists as to whether the figure with the parasol, inspired the European theme, taken up by Cornelis Pronk, after 1734 which became known as 'La Dame au Parasol'. Soame Jenyns [Op.Cit. above, page 72] also discusses this possibility, concluding that: '...as the vases were made before 1700 the design could not be traced to Cornelius Pronck, but to some Dutch predecessor.' Whatever the case, this distinctive design remains one of Kakiemon's greatest icons.
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