ARITA, Possibly Nangawara Kilns c.1655 – 1670 Japanese Porcelain
A Finely Potted Small Japanese Blue and White Porcelain Dish, Arita Ware, Possibly from the Nangawara Kilns c.1655-1670. Decorated with Two Rustic Thatched Buildings Nestling in a Hilly Promontory. The Cavetto Moulded in Relief with Nyoi -Head Shaped Cartouches Set Against a Cobalt Blue Ground with Sumihajiki Decoration.
Size: 14.2 cm (5 1/2 inches).
References:For a related 17th century dish see our `Sold Items` stock number 211481.
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 blue.