• Japanese and Korean Art  auction at Christies

    Sale 2193

    Japanese and Korean Art

    17 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1014

    A Porcelain Model of a Courtesan with Incense Container


    Price Realised  


    A Porcelain Model of a Courtesan with Incense Container
    Arita Ware, Kakiemon Style, Edo period, 1670-90
    Standing, the right hand supporting a large brazier for incense and the left held down and clasping the robe, the left foot showing from under the hem, the robes painted in polychrome enamels over the clear glaze, the underrobe with a diaper pattern of blue and red-enamel florets and the outerrobe with flower sprays and waterwheels, the coiffure and obi black enamel
    16 5/16in. (42cm.) high

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    The figure is unusual for its large size. For other models holding incense burners, see Kakiemon Chosa Iinkai, eds., Kakiemon (Saga City: Kinkado shoten, 1957), pl. 8 and Kakiemon ten: Yoroppa ni kaikashita iroe toji (Kakiemon exhibition: The flowering of polychrome ceramics in Europe), exh. cat. (Tokyo: Asahi Shinbunsha, 1993), pl. 83; Nagatake Takeshi, Yabe Yoshiaki and Minamoto Hiromichi, eds., Kakiemon no sekai: Genryu kara gendai made (Exhibition of the world of Kakiemon: From its origins to the present), exh. cat. (Tokyo: Asahi Shinbunsha, 1983), pl. 50.