Meiji Bijutsu

Meiji Period Imari Porcelain Sleeping Cat

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1920: Item # 1184657
Meiji Bijutsu
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Kita-aoyama 3-14-1
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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magnificent cat is an antique porcelain from the world renown ceramic producing Japanese town of Imari. It was made during the Meiji period (1868-1912). Imari ware has been sought after since the 17th century, when a Korean potter established one of the first porcelain producing kilns on the Japanese island of Kyushu, in the town of Arita. The exporting of porcelain from Japan to Europe quickly flourished. First copied from Ming Chinese ware, Japanese porcelains slowly evolved into a genre of their own attaining high levels of techniques and remarkable designs.

This objet is a very fine example of the refinement of Japanese porcelain. The realistic shape of the sleeping cat invites the onlooker to pause and marvel at its charming beauty, while the warm colors highlighted in gold give it an air of peace and abundance. This wonderful objet will certainly bring tranquility to the space it is in. The cat is in great condition; it seems its left paw has been repaired, looking at the slight difference of colors and brush strokes there (see picture 12). Also, at the base of the tail, there are minute spots where the glaze did not stick (see picture 7) during firing, and there is a chip in the lower part of the right ear (see picture 8).

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Dimensions: 31.5 x 20 x 14 (height) cm (12.6 x 8 x 5.6 in); 2.8 kg (6.2 lbs)

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