The colorful blossoms strewn across our pretty watch are adapted from a Ninsei-style mukōzuke
(serving container) in the Museum’s collection. The original stoneware vessel with overglaze enamels was produced in Japan during the Meiji period (1868–1912). Ninsei-style refers to the innovative ceramics of Nonomura Ninsei (Japanese, active ca. 1646–94), considered the father of kyōyaki
, a type of beautiful Kyoto pottery. His expressive wares have strongly influenced succeeding generations of Kyoto potters, as seen in the mukōzuke
on which this design is based.
18K gold overlay, hand enameled. Quartz movement. Hinged with a magnetic closure. 1 1/8''W; inner circumference: 7 1/2''.