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  • Museum Accession No.: EA2001.7
  • Catalogue No.: 62B
  • Object type: Mug
  • Kiln/Location: Early Enamelled Ware, Arita
  • Period/Date: c. 1680
  • Dimensions: H. 14 cm
  • Provenance: Anonymous gift and Story Fund
  • Description: Mug of European form. The upper cylindrical part with four panels each with a coloured relief kingfisher on a moulded unglazed wave-pattern ground, the lower bulbous part with four cartouches containing a coiled dragon alternating with a spray of chrysanthemum on an unglazed fish-roe ground, the spandrels with red lines. A circumferential blue line divides the sections of the body; the panels divided by vertical green lines. The pulled handle with red flowers and green karakusa scrolling. The enamels are dark red, blue and green, the unglazed areas washed in iron brown. The attached foot bears a single circumferential red line.

    The presence at Burghley House of two virtually identical mugs, inventoried in 1688 as '2 painted Relev'd brown Juggs with handles Guilt Rimms' among the 'China etc. over ye Chimney & in the Chimney' in the 'Drawing Roome', demonstrates that at least the blue and the green of the Kakiemon palette of enamels were fully developed by 1688, though here the yellow is not used, and the red is darker than the later red. For the moulded background, in this case unglazed, see no. 53. References: See Oliver Impey, 'Japanese porcelain at Burghley House; the inventory of 1688 and the sale of 1888' in the Metropolitan Museum Journal, 37, 2002, pp. 117-131.

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