Ai-Kakiemon, Arita kiln, c1690


A Highly Important Documentary blue & white Kakiemon dish

Genroku era (1688-1703)

from the Royal Collection of Augustus the Strong of Saxony

circa 1690

Marked on reverse with Wheel-Incised JOHANNEUM Japanese Palace Inventory number 'N:184~~~'


Measuring 23.8 cm in diameter


This superby painted ai-Kakiemon (blue Kakiemon) dish displays the finest Kakiemon features, the floriform rim moulded in ten pointed lobes edged in fuchi-beni iron-rim dressing. Painted in exceptionally fine and rich graduated underglaze cobalt blue tones with a snarling tiger beneath a grinning dragon, the former representing The Earth, the latter allegorical of The Heavens.

Literature: An identical example (without the Johanneum inventory mark) is held in the collection of The Stichting Twickel, Delden, The Netherlands, JK 38, and is illustrated in The Oriental Ceramics Society publication 'Porcelain for Palaces: The Fashion for Japan in Europe, 1650-1750' (1990), plate 126.


Bearing fuku mark for 'happiness' in underglaze blue, and incised with the Johanneum inventory number N:184 ~~~ from the Japanese Palace, Dresden.

Ai-Kakiemon, Arita kiln, Kakiemon blue & white dish, Johanneum coll., c1690

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