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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The name of a Japanese artist, Sakaida Kakiyemon, of Arita, about, the middle of the seventeenth century: applied to a characteristic style of decoration on Japanese porcelain, consisting of a few simple motives, such as flowers, twigs of trees, and a couple of small birds, scattered sparingly on the white ground, and painted in enamel colors, usually red, green, and blue. This style was later employed at Chantilly, Chelsea, Bow, Worcester, and elsewhere.


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