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Dish; porcelain; octagonal; panelled sides and flat rim with upturned lip; painted in enamels in the Japanese Kakiemon style; black-striped yellow tiger coiled round bamboo looking back at flowering peony growing by banded hedge; leafy floral-scroll border in red with gilt blooms around rim (lined in brown); three firing spurs on base; marked.
- Production date
- 1755 (circa)
Diameter: 22.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Ayers, Impey & Mallet 1990
With panelled sides and flat rim with upturned lip, painted in enamels in the Kakiemon style. A black-striped yellow tiger coiled round a bamboo looks back at a flowering peony growing by a banded hedge; a leafy floral-scroll border in red with gilt blooms encircles the rim, which is lined in brown. Three firing spurs on the base imitate a common feature of Arita wares.
The Chelsea Porcelain Factory Sale of 15th March 1755, lot 5 included 'wheatsheaf and tyger dishes'.
The 'tiger and banded hedge' is one of the most copied of Kakiemon designs, and at Meissen was used for the earliest services made for Augustus the Strong of Saxony in 1728, curiously known as the gelben Löwen ('Golden Lion') service (E. Zimmerman, 1926, Fig. 15, p. 63). Repetitions followed, including further royal services in 1734 and 1738. See also the flask in this exhibition, No. 293.
A comparison of Japanese, Meissen (1728-30), Venetian Cozzi (1770) and Chelsea ('raised anchor') versions of the pattern is made by H. Syz, 1970, Pl. VI.
R. L. Hobson, 'Catalogue of the English Porcelain in the British Museum', London, 1905, II, 64.
H. Tait, 1962, Pl. XXXII.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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