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From 1660 the Dutch East India Company (VOC) increasingly imported multi-colored porcelain from Japan, including Kakiemon. This Japanese porcelain was very exclusive and therefore became a beloved subject for the Delft potters.

Delft potters were driven to reproduce the delicate pastels of the Kakiemon porcelains, experimenting with various color and firing techniques to achieve the Japanese style. The petit feu firing technique allowed them to expand their color palette.

The technique requires three firings, a biscuit firing, a grand feu firing and a petit feu firing. It allowed the potter to use colors and gold that could not withstand high temperatures in the kiln during the second firing.

The Delft potters recreated this Kakiemon decoration, but adapted it to their own Western taste. Often objects produced in a Kakiemon palette have a typical Asian feel combined with European baroque motifs.

In contrast to the Japanese wares, the Delft Kakiemon decorations were painted as full patterns. The price of a Delftware object was largely determined by the time spent on the paintwork, therefore the Delft painters completely decorated their objects.