"Kakiemon style -- the Pride of the East" Exhibition

Toguri Museum of Art

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The Kakiemon style was a development within Japanese Imari ware, which was first produced in the early 17th century in what is now Saga Prefecture, using techniques imported from the Korean peninsula. Initially this porcelain consisted solely of blue and white sometsuke and seiji (celadon) ware, but in the mid-17th century Japanese ceramicists acquired the techniques that enabled them to produce polychrome ware, and as a result of the subsequent expansion of the export trade, they quickly developed and perfected this style. Towards the end of the 17th century, with the decline in the export trade and the sudden rise to power of the Japanese merchant class culture, the mainstream of porcelain production in Arita shifted to the luxurious and splendid kinrande ware, and Kakiemon ware with its distinctive milk-white background surface (called nigoshide) disappeared. However, in the modern and postmodern periods, nigoshide has made a comeback thanks to the efforts of Sakaida Kakiemon XIII and Sakaida Kakiemon XIV.

This exhibition outlines the evolution of this Kakiemon style porcelain, not only focusing on classic examples but also adopting a broader outlook to trace its creation, development, and subsequent transformation at the hands of later generations.

[Image: Dish with ten sided rim, decorated with snarling tiger, bamboo and plum design in overglaze enamels and gold. Imari ware in Kakiemon style. Edo period. The second half or the 17th century]

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From 2009-04-05 To 2009-06-28

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