Deep Plate with Eight-Lobed Rim and Decoration of Birds, Flowers and Insects

Edo period (1615–1868)
early 18th century
Porcelain with underglaze blue decoration (Arita ware, Kakiemon type)
H. 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm); DIam. 9 5/8 in. (24.4 cm); Diam.of foot: 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
Credit Line:
Dr. and Mrs. Roger G. Gerry Collection, Bequest of Dr. and Mrs. Roger G. Gerry, 2000
Accession Number:
Not on view
Many of the finest pieces in the Kakiemon style used underglaze cobalt blue with or without overglaze enamels. This piece can be recognized as Kakiemon style by the high quality of the porcelain body and the purity of cobalt blue used, as well as by the characteristic iron-oxide rim and the bird and flower design. Other Kakiemon style motifs include Chinese figures in a landscape and certain set themes like tigers and bamboo. The designs used are loosely based on Chinese motifs popular at the time.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Japanese Art from the Gerry Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 15, 1989–June 29, 1990.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Kodai-ji Lacquer," 1995.