Porcelain painted in underglaze blue and overglaze enamels (Arita ware, Kakiemon type)
H. 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm); Diam. 12 3/8 in. (31.4 cm)
The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975
A Chinese-style garden wraps around the curved surfaces of this large bowl and its round cover. With its pair of birds on rocks with peonies on one side and chrysanthemums on the other, it is a type that is known in several examples found in Europe, where it was highly prized in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Its white body and palette of bright clear greens and blues with red and yellow were inspired by Chinese famille verte of the Kangxi era (1662–1722) and characterize the enameled ware traditionally known as Kakiemon porcelain.
Date: late 17th centuryMedium: Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under and colored enamels over transparent glaze (Hizen ware; Kakiemon type); American mount
Accession: 2002.447.60a, bOn view in:Gallery 201