Baluster-shaped vase (part of an assembled garniture)

Japanese, for export market (Hizen ware, Imari type)

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 509

Japanese porcelain vases made for export were avidly sought by aristocratic and royal patrons to decorate their stately homes and palaces in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. While Chinese porcelains were exported to Europe and Britain in larger quantities during this period, Japanese porcelains were prized for their boldly patterned and richly colored decoration. The popularity of works such as these changed European taste for Asian porcelain, with a more vivid palette preferred over the blue and white decoration which once defined imported porcelains.

Baluster-shaped vase (part of an assembled garniture), Hard-paste porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze enamel and gilding, Japanese, for export market (Hizen ware, Imari type)

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