Dish with Three Jars. 1680–90s, Japan. Porcelain with
underglaze blue and overglaze polychrome enamels (Hizen ware, Nabeshima type). The Hizen region of Kyūshū was the center of
early porcelain production in Japan. Although many designs and wares made in
Kyūshū were intended for export, works of Hizen ware known as the Nabeshima
type were commissioned by the Nabeshima clan and produced at an exclusive kiln.
A dish like this example would have been part of a dining service. These sets
were frequently sent to the shogun in Edo (Tokyo) as an annual tribute. The
cheerful design of jars on this dish features the bold, luminous colors and exacting
standards characteristic of the high-quality porcelains produced at the
Nabeshima kiln. The Harry G. C. Packard
Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher,
Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest,
and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975.
Bowl with interior auspicious design of bats, Chinese, Qing Dynasty (1644–1912), with mark of the reign of Qianlong (1735–1796), 19th century, Porcelain with overglaze enamels
Although bats have negative associations in the West, in China they benefit from a lucky coincidence: the word for bat, fu, is pronounced just like the words for “blessings" and “riches" (even though the written characters are different). The red bats, seen here, are examples of another pun, as the word for red, hong, sounds like the word for “vast"; combining bats and the color red thus creates a wish for vast blessings and wealth. Furthermore, the group of five bats itself refers to the “Five Blessings": long life, health, wealth, love of virtue, and a peaceful death.
Dish with Heron design, underglaze blue, Important Cultural Property of Japan, 28 x 8.5 x 17.5cm, 1690-1710s, Okawachi kiln, Hizen, The Kyushu Ceramic Museum
Iro-Nabeshima 色鍋島 A type of iro-e overglaze enamel, often with a blue under-glaze; from the domain of the Nabeshima clan; production from the second half of the seventeenth century, Saga Prefecture. (via wiki)
Porcelaine figurine - Standing beauty with a jar. 1670 -1690, Japan. most probably Kakiemon workshop . Porcelain, polychrome overglaze enamels, figurine holding a white jar, dressed in uchikake with motifs of clouds, hairstyle with a coloured head-dress . The NationalMuseum, Prague