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Bargain SALE Japanese Porcelain

On this page you'll find existing Japanese export porcelain objects for sale now offered at a significantly reduced price.


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Latest addition: January 22, 2021.


Kakiemon / Kakiemon-style wares - Kakiemon-style wares - Page 1


Object 2011676








Height 38 mm (1.49 inch), length 81 mm (3.19 inch), width 34 mm (1.34 inch), weight 44 grams (1.55 ounce (oz.))


Whistle modelled as a reclining boy with his head raised and supported by his hands, a hole in the base and one in his feet to blow the whistle decorated in Kakiemon-type overglaze blue, green, black and iron-red enamels.


The whistle is blown through a slot in the feet and operated through a hole in the base and the open mouth.

The idea of a figural whistle might have been borrowed from the Chinese, where blanc de chine whistles modelled as a European trader were quite common. The hairstyle here indicates that the figure is Chinese. (Jörg 2003/1, p.278), (


Apparently, porcelain figures of humans and animals were a successful export item. The Dutch ordered figures from the very start of the Japanese porcelain trade making use of an already existing market for such figures. The origin of the shapes of the models is still a puzzle, although it seems logical that the Japanese potters used Japanese sources when making the moulds, perhaps referring to the indigenous doll tradition, to prints or to carved figures. These 'exotic' figures played their part in the export assortment, and were either bought by the Dutch East India Company, (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC)), privately by Dutch merchants, or by the Chinese. Three main groups of figures can be discerned: figures in the Kakiemon palette, Imari figures and figures after European models. Enamelled figures come in many shapes and varieties and were included in the export assortment from the beginning of the Dutch porcelain trade. Recent excavations at the former Akaemachi the 'Enameller's Quarter' in Arita, have yielded discarded fragments of biscuit-fired moulds of figures and pulls from moulds that sometimes closely fit existing Kakiemon-style figures. (Jörg 2003/1, p.273)


For an identically shaped and in Kakiemon-style enamels decorated whistle, please see:

For similarly, in Kakiemon-style enamels decorated whistles, please see:

Condition: Some firing flaws near the slot in the feet.



Jörg 1999, cat. 32

Jörg 2003/1, p.273 & cat. 348


Price: reduced from € 999 - $ 1,112 - £ 902 now with 40% discount to € 599 - $ 729 - £ 533 

(the $ and £ prices are approximates and depend on the € price exchange rate)


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Japanese Imari 1690-1800 - 'Gold' Imari


Object 2012345


Covered bowl






Height with cover 100 mm (3.94 inch), height without cover 63 mm (2.48 inch), diameter 111 mm (4.37 inch), diameter of footring 55 mm (2.17 inch), weight with cover 364 grams (12.84 ounce (oz.)), weight cover 155 grams (5.47 ounce (oz.))


Covered bowl on footring. Straight sides, domed cover with strap handle. 'Gold' Imari, decorated in gold, iron-red and a pink-gold wash with on the box three groups of flowering plants, each with a pair of birds, namely millet and quail, The cover is decorated en suite, the strap handle is decorated in gold.


A group that seems to have been especially favoured in The Netherlands, traditionally called 'Gold Imari', dates to the early 18th century. These wares are painted in gold only, in gold and iron-red, or in gold and red with a few touches of green, aubergine and black. 'Gold Imari' is relatively well represented in collections in the northern parts of The Netherlands but which occurs less often in old English and German collections


From about 1700 the gold often has a pink-violet hue ('pink lustre'), which is clearly visible on the white porcelain background when the gold is very thin or has been rubbed off. It seems that the Japanese enamellers used a different process to the Chinese, because Chinese pieces do not have this pink violet hue. (Jörg 2003/1, pp.92-93)


This covered bowl is a magnificent example of the 'gold' Imari group. No underglaze blue or other enamels are used, the light pinkish wash lending sufficient contrast to the brighter red and gold. Besides dinner services, covered jars, tea, coffee and chocolate sets, decorated in 'Gold' Imari with this design, also other utilitarian or luxury items, like this coverd bowl, were ordered after a Western model. These included cylindrical beer mugs, barbers' bowls, cuspidors and chamber-pots therefore this covered bowl can be considered a Japon de commande object. (Jörg 2003/1, p.164, cat. 188)


In the collection of Oriental Ceramics of the Groninger Museum is an identically decorated teaset that consists of an identical teapot / hot water pot, six cups and saucers for tea or coffee, six chocolate cups with covers and saucers, a bowl with an overturned rim that might have been a sugar bowl and a ewer which may have been used as a milk jug but could also have been a condiment jug in a dinner set with the same design of which parts are also in the Groninger Museum. The set entered the Groninger Museum in 1899 as a bequest of the local collector, Mr. Mello Backer. Some sherds of similar wares have been excavated at Deshima. (Jörg 2003/1, p.201 & p.213)


The quail, closely allied to the partridge, is an emblem of courage both in China and Japan, as it is highly esteemed as a fighting bird. On Japanese porcelain they are frequently depicted amidst autumn grasses under millet. This quail and millet design, symbolizing the autumn is especially common on Kakiemon, but is also found on ko Kutani, Imari and blue-and-white wares. It has been suggested that that particular form is copied from the work of the painter Tosa Mitsuoki (1607-1691), but it probably originated from Chinese Paintings of the Sung period. This motif has been copied on European porcelain, especially at Bow and Chelsea where it is used as a decoration on the so-called 'partridge plates' and also on Meissen Porcelain. (Arts 1983, pp.134-135


The shape, most likely, derived from a European (silver) model, it was used as a small tureen. Jörg describes a bowl with cover on three low feet with a matching saucer this may indicate that originally the covered box also might have had a matching saucer. (Jörg 2003/1, p.110, cat. 113)


For identically decorated dishes decorated with the 'millet and quail' design, please see;

For the identically decorated tea-set with the 'millet and quail' design in the collection of Oriental ceramics of the Groninger Museum, please see:

For a similarly decorated dish with the 'millet and quail' design, please see;

For other objects, for sale or sold, identically decorated with the 'millet and quail' design, please see;

Condition: Some wear to the golden decoration on the strap handle and a firing flaw to the cover.



Arts 1983, pp.134-135

Jörg & Van Campen 1997, p.235

London 1997, cat. 95

Arita 2000, cat. 81-85

Düsseldorf 2000, cat. 10

Jörg 2003/1, cat. 113, 116, 123 & 256 

Suebsman 2019, cat. 53


Price: reduced from € 499 - $ 592 - £ 449 now with 40% discount to € 299 - $ 361 - £ 265

(the $ and £ prices are approximates and depend on the € price exchange rate)


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Japanese Imari 1700-1800 - Page 1


Object 2010543


Large bowl






Height 115 mm (4.53 inch), diameter of rim 250 mm (9.84 inch), diameter of footring 113 mm (4.45 inch), weight 1.702 grams (60.04 ounce (oz.))


Large bowl on footring, steep sides and straight rim. Imari, decorated in underglaze blue, various overglaze enamels and gold. Near the footring a border design as copied from Chinese Transitional porcelain and on the outer footring a spiral pattern border. On the exterior wall a continuous decoration of houses with figures sitting on a terrace, riverscapes with mountains, clouds, trees, sailing boats, bridges and figures. On the rim a trellis pattern border with four cartouches filled with leaves. On the bottom a totally faded and worn off decoration of a sailing ship surrounded by a trellis pattern border with four cartouches filled with leaves. On the inner wall a decoration of houses with figures sitting on a terrace, riverscapes with mountains, clouds, trees, sailing boats, bridges and figures. Round the interior rim a trellis pattern border with four cartouches filled with leaves. On the base a single flowering spray.


Condition: Two restored small chips and a firing flaw to the rim.


Price: Sold.


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Japanese Imari 1690-1800 - Page 1


Object 2011744








Height 40 mm (1.57 inch), diameter of rim 246 mm (9.69 inch), diameter of footring 113 mm (4.45 inch), weight 530 grams (18.70 ounce (oz.)),


Dish on footring, flat rim with upturned edge. On the base three spur-marks in a Y-pattern. Imari, decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red and gold with a central floral spray. On the sides and rim a ground of 'crackled ice', four groups of chrysanthemums and grasses painted in red and gold over the blue ground and four reserved roundels with either a Japanese lady holding a fan or with a mother and child. On the reverse three flower sprays. Marked on the base with a square fuku (good luck) mark in running script. (Jörg 2003/1, p.112, cat. 117)


The 'crackled ice' ground already occurred on Chinese Transitional porcelain, but was particularly popular on Kangxi blue-and-white pieces. It was borrowed by Japanese porcelain painters in order to compete on the export market. The figures in the roundels are unusual. There is an identical bowl in the Dresden collection proving its early 18th-century date. Another is in the Hofsilber- und Tafelkammer in Vienna. (Jörg 2003/1, p.112, cat. 117)


The square fuku mark in running script on the base is common on blue-and-white Arita and Kakiemon ware. (Arts 1983, p.161)


For an identically decorated dish, bowl and cover, please see:

For an identically decorated bowl and cover, please see: 

Condition: A frit to the rim and a hairline to the centre.



Arts 1983, p.161

Düsseldorf 2000, cat. 31

Jörg 2003/1, cat. 117


Price: reduced from € 699 - $ 778 - £ 631 now with 40% discount to € 419 - $ 494 - £ 382

(the $ and £ prices are approximates and depend on the € price exchange rate)


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Japanese Blue and White wares 17th Century - Dishes - Page 1


Object 2011790


Large dish


Japan, Arita presumably Sarugawa




Height 86 mm (3.39 inch), diameter of rim 438 mm (17.24 inch), diameter of footring 215 mm (8.46 inch)


Large dish on footring, wide flat rim. On the base nine spur-marks. Decorated in underglaze blue in a Chinese kraak style with in the centre a decoration of two branches with fruit, one with pomegranates and one with finger-lemon fruit also called 'Buddha's-hand citron' (Citrus medica). On the sides and rim large panels filled with stylised peonies and precious objects alternating with narrower panels filled with florets. The reverse is undecorated.


The pomegranate and Buddha's Hand citron (Citrus medica) symbolically represent fertility and happiness, together with the peach (longevity) they are being named 'The three Abundances'. (Arts 1983, p.140)


Fingered citron or Buddha's hand (Citrus medica) (image courtesy of S. Fan)


Although the border division copies kraak porcelain, the decoration of the two large branches filling the centre seems to be based on Chinese prototypes of the later Transitional-early Kangxi period. The Japanese potter combined two styles to create a hybrid, fashionable Japanese novelty. Dishes and plates of this design which were apparently popular, were made in different sizes. (Jörg 2003/1, p.28


For identically decorated dishes please see;

Condition: A firing flaw to the base and a fleabite and frit to the footring.



Lunsingh Scheurleer 1971, cat. 8

Woodward 1974, cat. 26(b)

Jenyns 1979, cat. 16a

Arts 1983, p.140

Hartog 1990, cat. 153

Suchomel 1997, cat. 25

Jörg 1999, cat. 27

Impey 2002, cat. 128

Jörg 2003/1, cat. 8

Kyushu 2003, cat. 2595


Price: reduced from € 1.499 - $ 1,669 - £ 1,354 now with 40% discount to € 899 - $ 1,048 - £ 823

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