A Kakiemon style group of two wrestlers, circa 1670/85.

Engaged in their national sport, this group is frozen in time, unaware that they are amongst the most important pieces of Japanese ceramic culture in the western world. For a while, they were employed as a door stop at Burghley!

The 1688 Burghley Inventory records: “The Wardrobe or Clock Chamber. 2 China boyes wrestling”

The 1804 Burghley Inventory records: p. 20 no. 38 Billiard Room, Ornamental china.  “2 chinese figures coloured.   2 do. do. wrestling.”


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