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Worcester Porcelain Factory
English, born established 1751
Worcester Porcelain Factory
English, born established 1751

Hexagonal Covered Vase

about 1765

Object Type: Ceramic
Creation Place: Northern Europe, English, Worcestershire
16 1/4 in. x 7 1/2 in. x 7 1/4 in. (41.28 cm x 19.05 cm x 18.42 cm)
Medium and Support: Porcelain
Accession Number: 1996.0011.0002 ab

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Lucien Loeb

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Worcester produced their hexagonal vases primarily between 1765 and 1768. The two vases in the MMFA collection are decorated in what is known as the "Rich Kakiemon" style, which is based loosely on a style of decoration from seventeenth-century Japan characterized by the use of brilliant colors such as opaque blue, transparent yellow, blue-green and yellow-green, brick red, and gold.

Kakiemon pieces usually consist of a central motif of flowers, animals, or birds perched on or beside a tree, accompanied by a narrow floral or diaper border. The Kakiemon style was the source of the banded hedge, partridge, stylized chrysanthemum, and other Japanese motifs found on Worcester porcelains. The first Worcester pieces produced resembled the original, more restrained Kakiemon style, but during the 1760s, Worcester combined these elements with the indianische Blumen patterns of Meissen and created their own elaborate and fantastic designs, which have come to be known as Rich Kakiemon.

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