Octagonal Bowl with a design of quails and millet

Kakiemon type, Imari ware



Artist Kakiemon type, Imari ware
Period Edo period, 17th century
Materials and techniques Porcelain with overglaze enamels
Size H.7.6 MD.24.2 BD.12.7


The bowl is a typical example of Kakiemon type porcelain with a milky-white body known as nigoshide produced sometime around the Genroku era (1688 - 1704). It is decorated with "quails and millet", a representative design of Kakiemon ware which was popular especially in Europe. On the interior against its pure white porcelain body are a bush clover, two quails and millet plants executed with a delicate touch of the brush in a painting-like composition in two varying shades of rich enamel colors, displaying the perfected style of Kakiemon ware. The bowl is octagonal in shape and is very thin-walled.