Arita ware jar

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1660-1680
Porcelain with enamels over colorless glaze
Arita ware, early enamel type
H x W: 36.4 x 26.6 cm (14 5/16 x 10 1/2 in)
Japan, Saga prefecture, Arita
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Arita ware, early enamel type, Edo period (1615 - 1868), flower, Japan, lotus, porcelain, WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.

With tulips included in the formal floral panels, this large jar was made to delight European taste. The color scheme of green, yellow, red, and blue enamels characterizes Kakiemon ware, which was made largely for the European market. Formerly topped with a matching domed lid, this jar might have stood in the "porcelain room" of a wealthly collector. In accordance with the practice of European collectors, the jar is said to have been fitted with ormolu (gilded brass) mounts. This jar is one of a pair owned by the same English family, reflecting the Chinese-inspired fashion for displaying porcelain vessels in pairs.

Published References
  • Jayne Shatz. Japanese Overglaze Enameled Porcelains:The Journey from Tradition to a Contemporary Palette. .
  • Zaigai Nihon no Shiho [Japanese Art: Selections from Western Collections]. 10 vols., Tokyo, 1979 - 1980. vol. 9: pl. 52.
  • Yabe Yoshiaki. Imari. Tokyo. pl. 10.
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 66.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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