The name given to a style of decoration on porcelain, first practised by the Kakiemon family of potters in Japan in the mid-17th century. Working in Arita, a province in southern Japan, Sakaida Kakiemon and his two sons produced a fine, white, translucent porcelain which they painted with enamel colours, usually iron-red, blue, green, yellow, and black. Vases, small bowls, and dishes were decorated with figures, birds, squirrels, flowers, bamboo fences, and symbolic animals, in a sparse and asymmetrical way, to enhance the white porcelain ground. During the 17th and 18th centuries these wares were exported to Europe, where they were much admired and imitated, especially at Meissen, Chantilly, Bow and Chelsea.
http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O493659/dish/ Description and illustration on Victoria and Albert Museum website.
Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.