A Ming Porcelain Dish Made for the Japanese Market, Transitional Period, Tianqi or Chongzhen c.1620 – 1640.

An Unusual Late Ming Blue and White Porcelain Dish, Transitional Period, Tianqi or Chongzhen c.1620-1640. Made for the Japanese Market, Decorated with Three Boys. One Boy Holds a Fire-Cracker on a Stand While Another Covers his Ears and a Third Looks the Other Way with His hands in the Air.


Ko-Sometsuke :
Ko-Sometsuke, meaning `Old Blue and White` is a term used to describe Chinese blue and white porcelain made for Japan. This late Ming porcelain was made from the Wanli period (1573-1620) and ended in the Chongzhen period (1628-1644), the main period of production being the 1620`2 and 1630`s. The porcelain objects produced were made especially for the Japanese market, both the shapes and the designs were tailored to Japanese taste, the production process too allowed for Japanese aesthetics to be included in the finished object. Its seams firing faults were added, repaired tears in the leather-hard body were too frequent to not, in some cases, be deliberate. These imperfections as well as the fritting Mushikui (insect-nibbled) rims and kiln grit on the footrims all added to the Japanese aesthetic. The shapes created were often expressly made for the Japanese tea ceremony meal, the Kaiseki, small dishes for serving food at the tea ceremony are the most commonly encountered form. Designs, presumably taken from Japanese drawings sent to China, are very varied, often using large amount of the white porcelain contrasting well with the asymmetry of the design.

Condition: Very good, two small glaze frits to the lower rim c2 x 2 mm, a glazed over firing chip to the lower left side. A Firing scar between two of the boys and some iron spots to the glaze.

Size: Diameter : 15.2 cm (6 inches).



Stock number: 21868.