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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING KAKIEMON: THE ORIGIN AND INTERNATIONAL IMPACT OF JAPANESE KAKIEMON STYLE PORCELAIN

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING KAKIEMON: THE ORIGIN AND INTERNATIONAL IMPACT OF JAPANESE KAKIEMON STYLE PORCELAIN

Wednesday November 26, 2014, 6:30 - 8 pm

Speaker: Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere
30th Anniversary Lecture Series
Macdonald Collection Lecture

Presented by The Macdonald Family Foundation

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We are rapidly approaching the 400th anniversary of the origin of porcelain production in Japan – first produced in 1616 in Arita. In the 1640s, however, a significant technological improvement occurred through Chinese influence. The technique of overglaze enameling (painting with coloured enamels over the glaze on the porcelain’s surface, with the vessel refired at lower temperatures) was introduced via Nagasaki. It is thought that the Japanese Arita-based potter, who was taught the original overglaze enamel technique by a Chinese master, was Sakaida Kakiemon I. What we now recognise as classic Kakiemon- style porcelain was made in the period 1660–1700. The delicate colours and the creamy white body of these wares were much coveted in Europe despite their high cost. This talk will reassess the importance of Kakiemon style ware in light of recent scholarship and excavated material.

 

 

 

 

THE SPEAKER

Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere, Professor of Japanese Art and Culture, University of East Anglia; Curator, Department of Asia, The British Museum; and Research Director, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere is a Curator of the Japanese Collections in the Department of Asia, British Museum. She is the founding Director of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures and Professor of Japanese Art and Culture at the University of East Anglia. She received her PhD from Harvard University in 1998. Her research interests include Jômon period to contemporary ceramics in East Asia and particularly Japan, East Asian trade networks, the history of archaeology and manga. She spent three years on secondment as a Visiting Professor in Cultural Resource Studies at Tokyo University (2006-2009). She is currently working on a book manuscript for the British Museum Press entitled Four Hundred Years of Japanese Porcelain. In 2012 she wrote Vessels of Influence: China and the Birth of Porcelain in Medieval and Early Modern Japan (Bloomsbury Academic). In addition to her work at the British Museum from Summer 2011, she is the Research Director of the Sainsbury Institute.


 

 

 

 

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