A Late 17th or Early 18th Century Japanese Arita Ware Plate. The Scalloped or Crimped Edge is Decorated in Two Tones of Cobalt Blue Divided by Wax Resist. The Central Scene Depicts is of Flowering Chrysanthemum. The Reverse is Decorated with Karakusa Scrolls. The Base with an Apocryphal Chenghua Mark (Ming 1465 – 1487).
Condition: In perfect condition.
Size: Diameter : 19.5 cm (9 1/2 inches)
Provenance:From a Private English Collection of Japanese and Chinese Blue and White Porcelain.
References:For a dish of this form with the same moulded and painted border but with two horses see our `Sold Items` number 22033. For a Japanese Van Frytom style dish with a Chinese example, both of which are the same shape and border design to the present example see our `Sold Items` number 22495.
Chrysanthemums in Japan :
This plant is seen as expressing superior character, the light of the sun, long life and virtue. It has been used extensively in Japanese art with its origins as a design going back to early times. The sixteen petalled chrysanthemum, in a stylised form, is the crest of the imperial Japanese household.