Kakiemon Style Japanese Porcelain in Context

Tuesday 15 Dec 2015 | 2 - 4.30 PM

Date: 2 – 4.30 PM, 15 December 2015
Venue: Sir Joseph Hotung Ceramic Study Centre, Room 95, British Museum

Prof. Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere

Prof. Ôhashi Kôji

Aileen Dawson

Ai Fukunaga

About the Study Day

Sakaida Kakiemon I was said to have introduced the overglaze enamel technique on porcelain to the Arita area in Japan in the 1640s. His family and associated kiln has been producing some of the most exquisite overglaze enamel decorated porcelain since and continue to do so to the present day. We are fortunate to have Sakaida Kakiemon XV along with the founder of the Kyushu Ceramic Museum, Professor Ohashi Koji to discuss Kakiemon style porcelain past and present in context with BM curator Nicole Rousmaniere. Aileen Dawson, former curator of the BM will discuss Kakiemon style in Europe and Fukunaga Ai will speak about Kakiemon ware in Seikado Museum.

The afternoon is free for all to attend in the Percival David Ceramic Study Centre, British Museum. Seats, however, are limited so please contact Akiko Yano or the Department of Asia, BM to make a reservation.


14.10-14.50 Sakaida Kakiemon XV talks about Kakiemon style and his challenges as the new head of the Kakiemon kiln and preservation society with Nicole Rousmaniere (with translation)
14.50-15.30 Prof. Ôhashi Kôji discusses the historical and archaeological record surrounding Kakiemon style wares (with translation)
15.30-16.00 Aileen Dawson, former curator of the Department of Britain, Prehistory and Europe, BM, speaks of the impact Kakiemon style on European ceramics
16.00-16.20 Fukunaga Ai, SOAS, introduces the Captain Brinkley Collection of Japanese porcelain in Seikado Collection, Tokyo
16.20 -16.30 Closing remarks and questions


Image: Pair of model elephants, decorated in yellow, red,
green and blue overglaze enamels in Kakiemon style,
Hizen ware. Late 17th century. By Sakaida
Kakiemon XIII, 1971. 1980,0325.1-2, British Museum