Japanese Art in the Asia Society Collection

Asia Society

Saga Prefecture
Edo period, c. 1670-1690
Porcelain painted with overglaze enamels, with traces of gold (Arita ware, Kakiemon style); 18th-century gilt bronze mounts

Negotiating Western Taste

While some Western porcelains derive motifs from a Japanese aesthetic, Japanese export porcelain occasionally absorbed Western conventions. For example, baroque gilt bronze mounts were added to this Kakiemon bowl that once belonged to the collection of August II the Strong, king of Poland and elector of Saxony (r. 1694-1733). Such was the vogue for Japanese and Chinese porcelains in seventeenth-century Europe in which stately homes had "porcelain" rooms lined with cabinets for their display.