In the mid-17th century, brightly coloured Japanese porcelain began to arrive in Europe and immediately captivated the West. Initially, these objects were made for Southeast Asian markets, and sparingly decorated with a bright palette of cerulean blue, coral red, pale yellow, green and black. This style is associated with the Kakiemon family (from whom the whold category of wares takes its name), who operated in independent enamelling studio from the 1660s. As there is no blue on this jar it is among the earliest group known as ""Proto-Kakiemon"" wares.
MEDIUM: Porcelain painted in overglaze enamels"