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Collection Online as of July 24, 2016

Dish with Chrysanthemums and Marigolds, 1700s

Imari ware porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze enamel and gold decoration, Diameter: w. 21.10 cm (8 1/4 inches); Overall: h. 3.20 cm (1 1/4 inches). Severance and Greta Millikin Collection 1964.265

In the Edo period, the chrysanthemum was one of the most popular motifs for porcelains exported to
Europe. This dish shows that the chrysanthemum pattern applied well to colored porcelains after the
Japanese learned the technique of firing wares at a high temperature. Four kinds of large chrysanthemum patterns are represented here. Tiny marigolds or wild chrysanthemums are spread across the entire dish. Gold, called kinrantei, was painted onto the 16-layered chrysanthemums, and red and blue onto the others. Red outlines strengthen the decorative beauty while gold outlines adorn the large chrysanthemum. [Seunghye Sun, Cleveland Museum of Art, (3/27-8/28/11); "The Lure of Painted Poetry"]

Cleveland Museum of Art, (3/27-8/28/11); "The Lure of Painted Poetry" cat. no. 41

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