Arita, Japan
Circa 1680-1690
22.2 cm high

Painted on the fine negoshide body with pine and prunus within two concentric red circles, the border with tree peony and other flowers issuing from rockwork. The indented border mould with a narrow zig-zag border in imitation of plaited straw.

Two identical dishes are in the collections of Burghley House (illustrated in The Burghley Porcelains 1986, p. 263, no. 115), and are probably part of the valuables listed in the Devonshire Schedule of 1690 which records the gifts to Lady Ann Cavendish, the wife of the fifth Earl of Exeter, from her mother, the Countess of Devonshire, in 1688. This makes these the earliest provenanced Japanese Kakiemon in Europe. It is probable that these arrived in England through the English East India Company who, although they could not trade directly with Japan, were able to acquire such pieces through their contacts with Chinese intermediaries, before the much larger Dutch trade with Japan dominated.

For a further example formerly in the collection of Sir Harry and Lady Garner, see Soame Jenyns, Japanese Porcelain, (London, 1965), pl. 66B, and another in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, accession number 671-1901.

Slight rubbing to double iron-red circle 

Paper label for Mathias Komor Works of Art

Mathias Komor was one of the first art dealers in New York City to handle ancient and ethnographic art from the 1930s until his death in 1984.


The Burghley Porcelains 1986
‘The Burghley Porcelains: An Exhibition from the Burghley House Collection and Based on the 1688 Inventory and 1690 Devonshire Schedule’, exhibition catalogue, Japan House Gallery, New York, May 15-July 27, 1986, (Japan Society Gallery, 1986)

Jenyns 1965
Soame Jenyns, Japanese Porcelain, (Faber & Faber, London, 1965)

For the example in the Victoria and Albert Museum, see: