A RARE KAKIEMON MODEL OF HOTEI, EDO PERIOD, LATE 17TH CENTURY
decorated in iron-red, yellow, blue and black enamels, the god smiling and seated on his sack wearing black and red robes
26 cm., 10¼ in. high.
- There is some old damage and restorations to the right-hand side as seen in the image.
- Extended firing cracks and some enamel retouching.
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For a similar example painted in green, red and aubergine, see Nagatake Takeshi, Kakiemon: Nihon jiki akae no seika, koyo hakkutsu (Fukuoka, 1976); and for another in the Kurita Museum collection see http://www.kurita.or.jp/imari/catalog/index (ref no. 90).
For an example with a different robe design see 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., kuoka, 1983), p.49, pl.57.
Another example is in the Yamamoto Collection at the Nezu Museum, see Ko-Imari zukan: Yamamoto Collection so mokuroku [Nezu Museum: Ko-Imari: A Catalogue of Hizen Porcelain from the Nezu Museum's Yamamoto Collection], (Tokyo, 2017), p. 100, pl. 381-4049.
For two similar examples in the Royal Collections in the Chinese Pavillion at Drottingsholm, Stockholm, inventoried 1777, inv. FE 26/HGK 693, see Oliver Impey and Christian Jörg, Japanese Export Lacquer: 1580 - 1850, (London, 2005), p. 322, pl. 66.