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Kakiemon Porcelain

A Handbook

Characterized by beautiful and distinctive enamel decoration, Kakiemon porcelain represents a high point in the history of ceramics. Dating from seventeenth-century Japan, Kakiemon quickly became popular among consumers all over the world and exerted incredible influence over European porcelain manufacturers. Kakiemon Porcelain offers a stunningly illustrated guide to Japanese and European collections and provides all the practical tools necessary for attribution and dating Kakiemon porcelain. Menno Fitski, curator of East Asian art at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, provides an in-depth analysis of the style, both artistically and historically, while tracing Kakiemon from its Japanese roots to its European reception.
            With over one hundred color illustrations, this exhaustive study will appeal to Kakiemon collectors and enthusiasts, as well as historians of early modern Europe and Japan.

176 pages | 140 color plates | 6 3/4 x 7 1/2 | © 2011

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Table of Contents


1. The trade in porcelain
    The VOC and the system of trade with Asia
    1650s: Prelude to export to the Netherlands
    1655–1660: The beginning of export trade
    1660–1680: Peak of official trade 
    1680–1690: A new trade system and the last attempts at ordering
    After 1690: Private trade reigns
2. Kakiemon in Europe
    1600–1630: Kraak porcelain in the interior
    1630–1680: Amalia and her daughters—the rise of porcelain rooms
    1680–1700: Mary II—Kakiemon in the Netherlands and England
    18th century: Kakiemon becomes a collectors’ item
3. Kakiemon in Japan
    Porcelain routes in Japan
    The Japanese domestic market
4. A chronological overview
    1610–1640: Prelude—shoki-lmari
    1640–1670: Transitional period—the forerunners of the Kakiemon style
    1670–1690s: Golden Age—Kakiemon and Kakiemon style
    1690s–1750: Difficult times
5. Kakiemon porcelain manufacture
    An overview of the manufacturing process
    The system of production in Arita
6. Designs and motifs
    Sources of inspiration
    Marks and motifs on the reverse

Sources and literature
Illustration details and credits

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