Bottle with enamel colours, Japan

Bottle with enamel colours, Japan

Bottle with enamel colours
Japan, Arita
1680-1700
Porcelain, painted in enamels
Museum no. C.197-1956

The first Asian porcelains with multi-coloured painting to be seen in the West were Japanese. The Dutch imported them when Chinese blue-and-white wares became unavailable.

They captivated the market, inspiring widespread imitation. By showing the range of enamel colours that could be added to already fired wares, they altered the course of Western ceramic decoration for ever. The simple asymmetric painting on this vase is typical of Japanese 'Kakiemon wares', so-called after a family of ceramic painters.