Plate with a vase of flowers

Japanese, for European market

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 201

This dense and richly gilded variant of the Japanese Imari style was very popular in central Europe during the eighteenth century. The inventory mark on the underside indicates that this example was in the collection of Augustus II (1670–1733), elector of Saxony and king of Poland, and one of the most avid European collectors of East Asian porcelain in the eighteenth century.

Plate with a vase of flowers, Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamels over transparent glaze and gilded (Hizen ware; Imari type), Japanese, for European market

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