The Ming Dynasty was the time of the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, when China sent treasure ships on ocean voyages. The red “kinrande” porcelain shown here is emblematic of the period and seems to have been destined for export.
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Kinrande (金襴手 , literally "gold brocade") is a Japanese porcelain style where gold is applied on the surface. There are a number of various styles. It originated from China during the Jiajing (1577-1566) and Wanli(1573-1620) periods of the Ming dynasty.
In the late Edo period, Arita ware, Imari ware, Kotō ware, Kutani ware, Kyō ware and Satsuma ware had pieces in this style. Imari pieces in kinrande style were particularly popular in Baroque era Europe, amongst the foremost collectors being King Augustus II the Strong of Poland.
Typically, gold was added to Chinese wucai (五彩) porcelain, called gosaiin Japanese, which had a white base with red, green and yellow motifs. Other types of kinrande include:
- multi-colored motifs and gold on a white base (赤絵金襴手 akae kinrande)
- red base, multi-colored motifs and gold (赤地金襴手 akaji kinrande)
- green base (緑地金襴手 ryokuji kinrande)
- yellow base (黄地金襴手 ouji kinrande)
- celadon base (白地金襴手 hakuji kinrande)
- emerald base (瑠璃地金襴手 ruriji kinrande)
- blue-and-white base (染付金襴手 sometsuke kinrande)
- tricolour base (三彩金襴手 sancai kinrande)