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Made by Kaji Tōru, Hizen Province (Imari)
H : 12 cm ; Diameter : 67 cm ; Diameter (foot) : 36.5 cm
M.C. 3477

The theme of peacocks is traditionally used in both Chinese and Japanese art. In China, the theme is used on large decorated blue dishes from the Mongolian Period, and in Japan, in many paintings from the Kanō school, among other works. The peacock is considered a helpful animal that destroys snakes and vermin.

The stream motif on the back of the dish resembles – in a more ornate fashion– the motif on dishes from the early 19th century.

Several ceramists made this type of work and had the Kaji character in their name: Kaji Tomo, creator of a large dish, or an artist who signed his name as Hichōzan Kaji Kyū sei, or even Kajiwara Rikichi, who created a dish for the Koransha company in 1878. All of these works were created during the beginning of the Meiji Period (1868-1912). Nevertheless, it seems as if this dish, with the valance decoration around the circumference similar to that of the dish found on the site of the Date family residence, in Sendai, Tōkyō, must date back to the Bakumatsu era (1854-1868) rather than the early Meiji Period.

In Arita, a Kajiwara family continues their activity today in the Kajiken factory, in Kuromuta, and the Kajisada factory, founded in the early 20th century.

Auteur de la notice : Michel Maucuer
Collection : Japanese decorative arts
Marques Inscriptions Poinçons : Mark painted in blue on the inner foot: "Hichōzan Kaji Torū tsukuru" [made by Kaji Torū of Hichōzan]
Mode d'acquisition : Bequest of Henri Cernuschi, 1896.
  • Plat à décor de paons, bleu et blanc. Porcelaine. Japon, Arita

Plat à décor de paons, bleu et blanc. Porcelaine. Japon, Arita
© Musée Cernuschi