Definition of Kakiemon in English:



  • [attributive] Relating to a style of Japanese porcelain with sparse asymmetrical designs on a white ground, developed in the early 17th century.

    • ‘The owner then showed it to Colin Ritchie, who identified it as an authentic and rare Japanese Kakiemon porcelain jar from the late 17th century.’
    • ‘The second part of the article about Japanese ceramics is about Arita, Kakiemon, Fukugawa, Kutani, Satsuma, Banko Earthenware and Satsuma pottery.’
    • ‘Famous names like Kakiemon porcelain were even copied in large numbers.’
    • ‘Besides Imari, the most famous names for porcelain are Arita, Kutani, Hirado, Kakiemon and Satsuma.’
    • ‘Perhaps most unexpected at Easton Neston is the quantity of oriental works of art, which extend far beyond the usual Chinese blue and white or Japanese Kakiemon.’


Named after Sakaida Kakiemon (1596–1666), the first Japanese potter to work in this style.