This Japanese vintage Arita- Kakiemon 柿右衛門 Porcelain Bowl dates to the early to mid-20th century in our opinion, it has been part of our collection for some time and we do not have any original information. This is based on comparing to our more contemporary pieces. It is signed Kakiemon as far as we can tell, to confirm but for comparison, 柿右衛門. It is a lovely round bowl with an unusual two height octagon or hakkaku-zara rim, but the bowl is round. It is quite different. The center is painted with the traditional underglaze 'gobenka' design. The outside is painted with the traditional overglaze enamel Kakiemon stylized chrysanthemum and it is over a design called 'Taihu Lake stone pattern' that looks like abstract river rocks running along the bottom. No one side is the same and on the opposite side is an upside down sparrow in flight, this too may age it older. It has the triple blue circle on the bottom. It is a small bowl in very good condition with no cracks or chips, it has just a few flea bite spots so this may age it older, I do not know. There is some minor age wear to the foot or kodai. Kakiemon is still handmade until this day, as with all late 20th-century porcelains there are part of the process that are manufactured, even the porcelain that is stamp molded 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. This measures better to cm than inches, so am thinking it is a not 'made for export' piece. A fine example of an older Kakiemon bowl.
SIZE: Diameter 4 5/8 inches or 11.74 cm, Height 2 inches or 5.08 cm
History of 柿右衛門 Kakiemon
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.