ARITA c.1660 – 1680 Japanese Porcelain
A 17th Century Japanese Arita Porcelain Dish c.1660-1680. Decorated in Underglaze Cobalt Blue and Sumihajiki. The Design Consists of Two Pieces of Decorated Overlapping Material, the One On Top Has a Hare in a Landscape. The Base has a Small Seal-Mark in Underglaze Blue.
- In perfect condition. Minor firing faults.
- Diameter : 21.5 cm (8 1/2 inches)
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Sumihajiki / Wax Resist :
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.