A Ko-Kutani porcelain bowl with overglaze polychrome enamels Maximize

A Ko-Kutani porcelain bowl with overglaze polychrome enamels

Porcelain
Japan
Edo
Diameter : 24 cm
Private Parisian collection

The bowl with a slightly rounded body resting on a short cylindrical foot. The inside with a decor of phoenix and cherry blossoms in diamonds with cash coins ground. The outside with quails among the millets. The base with Fuku mark in black and green overglaze enamels. The dark palette, using yellow, dark green, reddish orange, blue and aubergine enamels, as well as the decoration are characteristic of the porcelain called "old kutani  in five colors" (gosaide ko kutani). The decor could frequently mix geometric patterns and realistic elements. This piece combines diamond patterns reminiscent of textile art and the motif of quail among millets, very common in Japanese art. This type of porcelain appeared in the late 1640s, under the impulse of the daimyos of the Nabeshima clan. The Ko-Kutani ("old kutanis"), of exceptional quality, were probably reserved for the tea ceremony.

KLEIN Adalbert. La Céramique Japonaise, le Guide du connaisseur. Fig. 149, p. 130.

SHIMIZU Christine. La Porcelaine japonaise. P. 49. (a bowl with hexagonal pattern, circa 1650-1660, Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo)