ARITA c.1680 – 1700 Japanese Porcelain

A 17th Century Japanese Porcelain Dish, Arita Kilns c.1680-1700. Decorated with a Sparse Landscape Seen Through Clouds or Mist. There is a Small Promontory to the Right with a Simple Hut Below a Tree, a Small Island or Top of a Mountain Can be Seen in the Distance. The Blue Ground is Decorated with Convolvulus (Morning Glory) Using the Sumihajiki Wax Resist Technique.

Condition: In perfect condition but with an inclusion to the glaze near the center of the dish, this appears to be a small fragment of stone the got passed the levagation process.

Size: Diameter : 18 cm (7 inches)


References: For a related Japanese blue and white porcelain dish dated to c.1680-1700 see : Complete Catalogue of Shibata Collection (Kyushu Ceramic Museum,2003) page 259, plate 2009.

Stock number: 24106.

Convolvulus (Morning Glory) was introduced to the Japanese in the 9th century, and they were the first to cultivate it as an ornamental flower. During the Edo Period, it became very popular. The Japanese have led the world in developing varieties. Hundreds have evolved, such as a brownish coloured variant known as Dajuro, and varieties with such evocative names as `Brocade of Dawn`, `Moon in the Dusk` and `Wisteria Girl`. It has come to symbolize summer in Japanese horticulture and art. Morning glory was first known in China for its medicinal uses, due to the laxative properties of its seeds.


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