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Kutani porcelain wares started to be produced in the middle of the 17th century. Their characteristics are a five-color palette of green, yellow, red, purple and Prussian blue with motifs in overglaze enamels. The production stopped suddenly around 1730 to be restored in the 19th century, when a number of skilled craftsmen were working in different styles. The Iidaya style is one of them, characterized by a minute painting of figures in red and gold (aka-e) on white ground. This fine incense burner is made up of a removable upper part resting on a tripod base. The upper part is carved with shi-shi (fu dogs) in openwork, one among leaves and flowers on the top, and inside three medaillons on the sides. Karakusa (Chinese scroll design), key fret borders and other finely painted decorative patterns in red enamel highlighted with gold are covering the rest of the surface.
The base, where a rounded space is layed out in the middle (most likely to put a candle), shows representations of old Japanese weapons and musical instruments.
The ware bears the mark “kutani” under the base. It probably dates from Meiji era and was possibly made for export.
The gilt decor has some very minor lacks on the base, but the overall condition is excellent.
Dimensions: about 16 cm high (6.3 in) (including base, which is about 4 cm high (1.6 in); diameter: about 13 cm (5.1 in) (base: about 15 cm (5.9 in)).