A Kyoto ware figure of a seated cat, 18th Century.

Kyoto, or Kyō ware, is a type of pottery traditionally made in Kyoto, where pottery has been made since the 5th Century. It is in an area where the clay needed to make porcelain was not easily available and so, as porcelain production gained momentum elsewhere in Japan in the 17th Century, the Kyoto potters developed new ideas and forms to maintain their output.
The cat appears in the Burghley Inventory of 1763: “the North Dressing room ….a china cat”.


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