An octagonal Kakiemon teabowl and saucer, Japanese, circa 1700.

Both are decorated in Kakiemon enamels, with each depicting a bijin enraptured by a nightingale, which is perched on a cage beneath an awning.

The human figure is rarely found in the Kakiemon style. However, this particular subject was much copied in European porcelain, and the ‘Lady and the Nightingale’ is seen in both Bow and Chelsea wares during the 1750s.
Saucer: 12.3cm diameter, teabowl: 6.6cm diameter.


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