This Fine Japanese Imari Kakiemon Porcelain censer or Incense Burner with a Foo Dog. It was made about 20 years ago. This is one fine piece, made of quality porcelain, it is a large censer or incense burner. The porcelain is well formed in a hexagon shape, with modern and elegant trimmings of the handles and tripod feet. It is hand decorated and painted with the well known and famous kakiemon flowers and colors in different shades or red and blues.
Kakiemon is still handmade until this day. The porcelain is run on a potter's wheel first then trimmed, and are hand drawn and painted, and in the kiln twice. See the links we added to our Facebook and Pinterest page with the steps of the making of Kakiemon. The lid has cut-outs for the incense smoke to release. The finial is a foo dog, also sitting on a nicely shaped lid. It is signed on the bottom with the Kakiemon name. It comes with the tomobako, a box made especially for an item, and signed by what appears to be two artist- there are two different -zan names, and with the mark of the kiln. This one is extra special pieces as it was made for a commemorative event. but I did not find more details.
It appears to be a collaborative piece between two artists, most likely a potter and a painter. It is in pristine condition, please see the pictures, no cracks or chips.
SIZE: Height 5.1" or 13 cm, Width 3" or 7.7 cm, Depth 2.6" or 6.7 cm
History of Kakiemon 柿右衛門
Kakiemon was named a National Treasure in 2001. It has a great history since the 17th century of finely made and decorated porcelains. Kakiemon is sometimes used as a generic term describing wares made in the Arita factories using the characteristic Kakiemon overglaze enamels and decorative styles. However, authentic Kakiemon porcelains have been produced by direct descendants, now Sakaida Kakiemon XIV 1934–2013. The Japanese potter Kakiemon Sakaida 1596-1666 is popularly credited with being one of the first in Japan to discover the secret of enamel decoration on porcelain, known as 'Akae'. The name Kakiemon was bestowed by his overload on Sakaida, who had perfected a design of twin persimmons kaki: persimmon and who then developed the distinctive palette of soft red, yellow, bleu and turquoise green. Kakiemon is sometimes used as a generic term describing wares made in the Arita factories using the characteristic Kakiemon overglaze enamels and decorative styles. However, authentic Kakiemon porcelains have been produced by direct descendants, now Sakaida Kakiemon XIV 1934-. Shards from the Kakiemon kiln site at Nangawara show that blue and white and celadon wares were also produced. Wiki Kakiemon decoration is usually of high quality, delicate and with asymmetric well-balanced designs. These were sparsely applied to emphasize the fine white porcelain background body known in Japan as nigoshide milky white which was used for the finest pieces.
Kakiemon ware is a kind of Arita ware. Sakaida Kakiemon 1596-1666 was the founder of the famous Kakiemon kiln. His work featured very well-shaped porcelain with colorful painting, a well-balanced margin in a beautiful ivory white glaze, and Kuchisabi, a printed iron glaze on the top of the rim. His porcelain strongly influenced European ceramic companies such as Meissen, Herend and Royal Crown Derby among the others. In particular their plates and cups & saucers were influenced by Japanese porcelain at the time. Today, the 14th successor to the Sakaida Kakiemon kiln continues the excellent work.
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