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A rare set of five late 17th century Japanese Ai-Kakiemon cherry blossom foliate form five-petalled bowl dressed with fuchi-beni rim, the bold cobalt blue decoration based on a scene by Frederik van Frijtom (1632-1702) possibly of the Dutch East India trading harbour of Scheveningen, previously assumed to be the Japanese 'Deshima Island' trading post.


Ai-Kakiemon type, Old Kakiemon kiln A, Arita, Hizen province, Japan

circa 1680-1690


Each marked with square "Ka" on the base, which appears on sherds discovered at the short-lived Kakiemon A kiln site in Shimo-Nangawarayama and dated to circa 1680-90.


The five petal lobes of this bowl identify it as cherry blossom form, and it was likely produced in sets of five for the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony. Sakurayu - a hot tea infused with cherry blossom flowers - is traditionally served as a wedding drink in Japan. This delicate form has also been called lotus blossom shape in The West.

A set of five 17thC Ai-Kakiemon 'Deshima Island' bowls, c1680-90

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  • Additional Information

    Comparable examples:

    Similar example of this large-sized cherry blossom foliate form bowl in Burghley House, Stamford.

    Smaller version of the present bowl in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford).


    Gordon Lang "The Wrestling Boys: Japanese Porcelain at Burghley House" (1983), p. 16, no. 46.

    Barry Davies Oriental Art "Ko-Imari Porcelain from the Collection of Oliver Impey" (1997), p.138, no.76.

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