Ai-Kakiemon, Arita kiln, c1690
An Important Documentary 17th century blue & white Kakiemon (Ai-Kakiemon) dish
Arita kiln, Japan
Early Edo Period (17th century)
Genroku era (1688-1703)
from the Royal Collection of Augustus the Strong of Saxony
Marked on reverse with Wheel-Incised JOHANNEUM Japanese Palace Inventory number 'N:184~~~'
Measuring 23.8 cm in diameter
This superby painted ai-Kakiemon (blue Kakiemon) dish displays the finest Kakiemon features, the floriform rim moulded in ten pointed lobes edged in fuchi-beni iron-rim dressing. Painted in exceptionally fine and rich graduated underglaze cobalt blue tones with a snarling tiger beneath a grinning dragon, the former representing The Earth, the latter allegorical of The Heavens.
Bearing fuku mark for 'happiness' in underglaze blue, and incised with the Johanneum inventory number N:184 ~~~ from the Japanese Palace, Dresden.
An important 17th C Japanese Arita Ai-Kakiemon charger, Johanneum mark, c1690
An identical example (without the Johanneum inventory mark) is held in the collection of The Stichting Twickel, Delden, The Netherlands, JK 38, and is illustrated in The Oriental Ceramics Society publication 'Porcelain for Palaces: The Fashion for Japan in Europe, 1650-1750' (1990), plate 126.