Covered Food Container with Flower Design (Translation)
伊萬里赤繪草花文食籠 江戶時代 有田燒 (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

18th century
Arita ware; porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze polychrome enamels
Overall: 6 × 9 1/8 in. (15.24 × 23.18 cm)

Arita became a porcelain ceramic center in the 17th century, and from the nearby port of Imari, its products, known also Imari ware, were shipped around the world. The intricate design and form of this vessel would have been challenging for a potter. The floral panels against a background of textile patterns were skillfully matched with the design on the lid, and even the mark of the reign of the Chinese emperor Wanli (1573-1620) was faithfully copied on the base.

Edo period (1615-1868)
大明萬厲年製 (Made in the Wanli reign of the Great Ming)
Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
“Oriental Splendor", W & L Univ., 17 Nov - 17 Dec 1981.
"Japanese Art from the Virginia Museum," Delaware Art Museum, 23 Sept - 31 Oct 1982.
"Oriental Splendor", Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA. 2 - 29 March 1983
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