A porcelain Kakiemon model of Karashishi

Kakiemon style porcelain
Japan
Arita kilns 17th century (1660-1690)
height 22 cm

One porcelain Kakiemon model of Karashishi,  seated on an oval base, with a spotted coat painted in iron red, blue, yellow, green and black overglaze enamels and a bell tied around its neck.
In the middle of 17th century, japanese brightly coloured porcelains reached the european market and immediately captived the West. The use of a bright but soft palette of blue, iron ren, pale yellow, green and black overglaze enamels which characterize Kakiemon style. Porcelains of Kakiemon Family were produced in the Arita kilns from the 1660s onwards.

- One similar model of lion-dog illustrated in the Victoria & Albert Museum collection n° C.7 – 1955
- One similar example from the Drayton House Collection, illustrated in « M.Hinton and I. Impey Kakiemon Flowers of Fire » pl.24
- A pair of similar example, mounted in French Ormulu and formed as a candelabra in the Rezidenzmuseum in Munich is illustrated in « Porcelain for Palaces, The Fashion for Japan in Europe : 1650-1750 » pl. 146.