An important pair of "Hampton Court" porcelain jars and covers Arita ware, Kakiemon type, Edo period (1615-1868), 1670-1690

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Lot 1019
An important pair of "Hampton Court" porcelain jars and covers
Arita ware, Kakiemon type, Edo period (1615-1868), 1670-1690

Sold for US$ 68,825 inc. premium
Property of a gentleman
An important pair of "Hampton Court" porcelain jars and covers
Arita ware, Kakiemon type, Edo period (1615-1868), 1670-1690
The hexagonal jars each decorated in underglaze cobalt, and blue, green, yellow, red and black enamels over a transparent glaze with figures, birds and flowers arranged as double-panel friezes: one with a hooded figure holding a fan and a branch of prunus, next to a flowering prunus and stylized clouds; one frieze with a standing crane, pine, a camellia, a flying crane, and blossoming camellia bush; and one frieze with a bird and bamboo, and a flying bird above flowers and rocks, each design separated by borders of wisteria, the shoulders painted with three large phoenixes at the corners against a ground of leafy scrolling vines, the neck decorated with fretwork, the covers European decorated in Kakiemon style
12 3/4in (32.3cm) high, including covers

Footnotes

  • European passion for Japanese porcelain was reaching its height when William III and Mary acceded to the English throne in 1689. The Queen assembled an impressive collection of porcelain between 1689 and her death in 1694 and her mania for Kakiemon porcelain set off such a craze among the European ruling class that "porcelain rooms" or porzellankammer soon became favorite gathering places for courtly elites. Six-sided vases of this type, named after a surviving pair from Mary's collection in Hampton Court Palace, became so popular that by the eighteenth century copies were being produced in European porcelain factories. It is possible that the Chinese and Japanese porcelains still at Hampton Court, which include hexagonal covered jars, are part of a 1694 legacy to Arnold Joost van Keppel, First Earl Albemarle. For other Hampton Court jars, see John Ayers, et al., Porcelain for Palaces: The Fashion for Japan in Europe 1650-1750, exh. cat., London, Oriental Ceramic Society and British Museum, 1990, no.151; Nishida Hiroko and Ohashi Koji (eds.), Kakiemon ten: Yoroppa ni kaikashita iro-e jiki (Kakiemon Exhibition: Polychrome Overglaze Enamel Decorated Ware That Flourished in Europe), Fukuoka, Asahi Shinbunsha, 1993, no. 36; and Yabe Yoshiaki, Kakiemon, vol.20 of Nihon toji taikei, Tokyo, Heibonsha, 1989, no.37.
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An important pair of "Hampton Court" porcelain jars and covers Arita ware, Kakiemon type, Edo period (1615-1868), 1670-1690
An important pair of "Hampton Court" porcelain jars and covers Arita ware, Kakiemon type, Edo period (1615-1868), 1670-1690
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