Two Figures of Seated Courtesans by Unknown Artist

Two seated female figures painted in Kakiemon-style overglaze enamel, typified by the use of bright enamel colours on a fine white porcelain body.


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.

Venue details

V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) Cromwell Road, London London SW7 2RL 020 7942 2000

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