Two seated female figures painted in Kakiemon-style overglaze enamel, typified by the use of bright enamel colours on a fine white porcelain body.
Two Figures of Seated Courtesans by Unknown Artist, 16701690
© V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum)
- Porcelain with overglaze enamel
- 26 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £5,500 ( Total: £25,000)
- Acquired in:
- Sir Harry and Lady Garner
Such work set a standard in the early 18th century for European porcelain manufacture and influenced Meissen, Chelsea, Worcester and Bow. Kakiemon-style wares, especially figures of this kind, were the costliest and most sought after of all Japanese ceramics exported to Europe.