A 17th Century Japanese Blue and White Porcelain dish Kakiemon style, Arita Kilns c.1660-1670. Well painted with three cranes (possibly red-crowned cranes) near a gnarled pine pree with exposed roots, there is bamboo to the right. The cranes in contrasting positions stand in water that is partly rendered as a brocade pattern. The thickly potted dish has a scalloped rim and iron-oxide dressing referred to as Kuchibeni (literally meaning `lipstick`).
There is a sealed crack, see the last photograph, c.15mm. Minor glaze frits to the brown rim touched in. Chips to the footrim.
Diameter : 20.4cm (8 inches).
R and G McPherson Antiques, A Private English Collection of Chinese and Japanese Porcelain
A dish of this design is illustrated in : Complete Catalogue of Shibata Collection (Kyushu Ceramic Museum,2003) page 133, plate 1001.
Red-Crowned Crane :
The Red-crowned Crane, Grus Japonensis, also called the Japanese Crane or Manchurian Crane, is a large crane and is now the second rarest crane in the world. The estimated population of the species is only 1,500 in the wild. Red-crowned Cranes breed in large wetlands in temperate East Asia and winter along rivers and in coastal and freshwater marshes in Japan, China, and the Korean Peninsula. In Japan, this crane is known as the Tancho.