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Mini Porcelain 7

Japanese Treasures in the Modern Style


During the 19th century european art very much oriented itself towards Japan. The rules of Japanese art were adopted and "Japonism" was born.


Japanese winterberry, Ilex serrata, Height:12 cm



Crabapple, Zumi,  Height:13 cm





As of today we are still enchanted by Japanese works of art, and there exist many evening classes and workshops on Asian painting and calligraphy.


Diamond-leaf Persimmon, Diospyros rhombifolia,  Height: 13 cm


Camellia japonica,  Height:10 cm


Winter Jasmine, Jasminum nudiflorum,  Height: 15 cm



Osmantus heterophyllus,  Height: 14 cm


Cherry, Prunus tomentosa,  Height: 15 cm



At the World Exhibitions 1862 in London and 1876, 1878 and 1889 in Paris, the artworks from Japan and China received highest acclaim. Japanese and Chinese art weren't really told apart by Western artists - a tea bowl, lacquerware or ceramics could be of Chinese as well as of Japanese origin.


Japanese flowering quince, Choenomeles japonica  Height: 12 cm


Japanese winterberry, Ilex serrata  Width: 17 cm


Japanese persimmon, Diospyros kaki  Height: 14,5 cm


Snoutbean, Rhynchosia subsp.


Hamilton's spindletree, Euonymus hamiltonianus, sups. sieboldianus  Height: 17,5 cm



Firethorn, Piracantha duvalii  Height: 18 cm


Crab apple, Malus halliana  Height: 13 cm


Almost all Western artists oriented themselves towards Japanese or Chinese art. Collecting ceramics, porcelain, woodprints, lacquerwork, ivory, sword blades or fabric was very much "en vogue" already back then, and there were many Western imitations of these arts.


Japanese hawthorn, Crataegus cuneata  (by Shingoro Shibasaki)



Kumquat, Fortunella hindisii  Height: 13 cm


Zelkova, Zelkova nire  Höhe: 13 cm



Star jasmine, Trachelospermum  Height: 13 cm



Crab apple, Malus cerasifera  Height: 19 cm


Spindletree, Euonymus alata  Height: 8 cm


Crab apple, Malus cerasifera




The exposure to Chinese and especially Japanese art can still be traced in today's art. And the distinction between Chinese and Japanese works is still difficult for us bonsai enthusiasts.


Star jasmine, Trachelospermum jasminoides  Height: 12 cm


Privet, Lingustrum ibolium  Height: 13 cm


Kumquat, Fortunella japonica  Height: 18 cm


Cotoneaster, Cotoneaster horizontalis  Height: 20 cm


Blueberry, Vaccinium  Height: 8 cm  (by Asamitsu Ikeda)



Osteomeles subrotunda  Height: 7 cm  (by Asamitsu Ikeda)


Spindle tree, Euonymus alatus  Width: 16 cm


Gymnosporia diversifolia  Height: 9 cm



Kadsura japonica, Chirimen  Height: 9 cm




All bonsai shown here are presented in pots with the modern Japanese style of painting - they are all tiny treasures!



Peter Krebs



Special thanks to BONSAI ART who made it possible to write this article.

All photographs by BONSAI ART.


Translation: Stefan Ulrich

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