Dish with unfinished enamel decoration

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1670-1700
Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear colorless glaze
Arita ware, Kakiemon type
H x W: 4.6 x 31.7 cm (1 13/16 x 12 1/2 in)
Japan, Saga prefecture, Arita
Credit Line
Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harold P. Stern
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Arita ware, bird, cobalt pigment, Edo period (1615 - 1868), insect, Japan, porcelain

To 1977
Private collection, McLean, Virginia. [1]

From 1977
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of a private collector, McLean, Virginia. [2]


[1] Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.

[2] The object was donated to the Freer Study Collection in 1977 and was transferred to the Permanent Collection on March 3, 1978. See original copy of statement dated November 28, 1977, and letter dated Dec 5, 1977, copies in the object file, Collections Management Office. See also note 1.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Mr. and Mrs. Province Henry


This dish was decorated using underglaze cobalt with the blue components of the characteristic design, with the intention that enamel pigments would be used to complete the motifs.  For an unknown reason, the final decoration was never carried out.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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