Koimari: Iroe Kachou Mon Futatsuki Oobachi (Large Lidded Bowl Painted with Flowers and Birds)
The European royalty and nobility bought lots of porcelain and ceramics simply to decorate their rooms, and it’s thought that this was used for the same purpose.
This was a piece from a private collection that was exhibited as part of the art collection that traveled around Japan called “The flowers of Koimari that bloomed in Paris”.
Koimari: Iroe Ume Botan Mon Tetsuki Hai (Ume and Peony Painted Sake Cup with Handle)
It looks like a jug made to drink beer from.
It looks like it had a metal lid and the handle is rather small.
It wasn’t just for decoration, but the European nobility used Japanese porcelain in their everyday lives as well.
This was also a piece from a private collection in the aforementioned traveling art exhibition.
Koimari’s Umakatou (Beard Plate)
This imariyaki was made in the Edo period specifically to be exported to Europe.
The hole in the bottom was meant to be placed beneath the chin.
Since at the time the European nobility shaved their beards, it was a plate meant to protect their clothes from any drippings.
After they were done using it, they would thread rope around the plate and hang it on the wall as decoration.
You can see how much the nobility loved Japanese porcelain.