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Keg for spirits in form of Dutchman astride a barrel. Figure seated astride barrel with goblet in his right hand and raising upturned flask in his left; wearing: feathered hat on head. Painted at each end with scrolling foliage; with aperture for metal tap; Baroque rectangular base modelled with scrolls and painted also with flowers, above border of stiff leaves. Made of porcelain decorated in underglaze blue. Arita ware.
- Production date
- 18thC (mid)
Height: 360 millimetres
Width: 210 millimetres
Depth: 140 millimetres
- Curator's comments
Carouser astride a barrel
Underglaze blue porcelain, made in Arita, Kyushu
Edo period, late 17th century.
The first Japanese porcelain was made in the early decades of the 17th century at Arita in Kyushu by immigrant Korean potters who brought the necessary technology with them. By the second half of the centruy Japan had captured much of the Chinese export market for porcelain. Export during the Edo period (1600-1867) was conducted through Dutch and Chinese trading posts on the small island of Deshima in Nagasaki harbour. Wares for Europe were sometimes produced to specification provided by the Dutch merchants. This figure of a carousing European sitting on a beer barrel is based on a Dutch faience original. Versions exist also with coloured enamelling. (Label copy, VH, 1999)
Smith et al 1990
This favourite model was based on a Dutch faience original. Versions with overglaze enamels also exist.
Jenyns, Soame, 'Japanese Porcelain', London, 1965, pl. 13a.
Ayers, Impey & Mallet 1990
The figure is seated astride a barrel with a goblet in his right hand and raising an upturned flask in his left; on his head (which is detachable and forms the cover) he wears a feathered hat. His white coat has blue cuffs, lapels, buttons and pockets and he is wearing breeches, stockings and blue shoes. The keg is painted at each end with scrolling foliage and has an aperture for a metal tap. The Baroque rectangular base is modelled with scrolls and painted also with flowers, above a border of stiff leaves.
This subject was popular over a lengthy period in European ceramics of the 18th century: cf. for example the Delft version in the Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, Brussels which is dated 1757 (Tokyo, 1982, No. 50); and see D. F. Lunsingh Scheurleer, in ‘Mededelingenblad’, 58, p. 71. Sherds of the figure were excavated in 1988 in the spoil heaps of the Aka-e-machi, the Enamellers' Quarter in Arita.
Soame Jenyns, 'Japanese Porcelain', London, 1965, Pl 13A, p. 57.
- On display (G93/dc7/sB)
- Exhibition history
1997 13 Oct-1998 5 Jan, India, New Delhi, National Museum, The Enduring Image
1998 9 Feb-3 May, India, Mumbai, Sir Caswasjee Jahangir Hall, The Enduring Image
2009 7 Feb-29 Mar, Hayama, Museum of Modern Art, 'Self and Other'
2008 Dec 8-2009 25 Jan, Fukuoka, Asian Art Museum, 'Self and Other'
2008, Sep-Nov, Osaka, National Museum of Ethnology, 'Self and Other'
2006 13 Oct - 2010 26 Oct , BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
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