A 17th Century Blue and White Japanese Porcelain Dish, Arita Kilns c.1660-1680. Decorated with a Panel Containing a Scene of a River Landscape with a Rocky Promontory and a Small Boat, this Panel Overlaps a Lozenge Shaped Panel. The Second Panel is Decorated in a Dark Blue Separated from the Lighter Cobalt Blue Background by Sumihajiki, the Subject is of Pine and Bamboo.
No damage but some staining as well as some firing discolouration.
This type of ceramic decoration appears in Japan just after the middle of the 17th century, although its origins are much earlier. The effect created is that of painted white lines cutting through blue, this is achieved using a wax resist type paint called `sumi` which protects the white porcelain from the cobalt blue over-painting. The `sumi` is burnt off during the firing to leaving white lines to contrast against the