ARITA c.1700 – 1740 Japanese Porcelain

An Early 18th Century Japanese Porcelain Dish, Export Ware, Arita Kilns c.1700-1740. Decorated with a Large Ho-o Bird Hovering Over Flowering Paulownia with a Flaming Pearl, Heralding the New Year.


Very good, some rubbing to the gilding.
Diameter : 20 cm (7 7/8 inches)
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Hō-ō Bird / Ho-Ho Bird :
The Japanese Ho-o bird is type of auspicious phoenix and is similar to the Chinese Fenghuang. the Hō-ō appears only in peaceful and prosperous times (nesting, it is said, in paulownia trees), and hides itself when there is trouble. As the herald of a new age, the Hō-ō descends from heaven to earth to do good deeds, and then it returns to its celestial abode to await a new era. It is both a symbol of peace (when the bird appears) and a symbol of disharmony (when the bird disappears). The Ho-o Bird appears frequently in Japanese porcelain of the late 17th and early 18th centuries, especially in Kakiemon wares. Ho-Ho is often used when referring to English porcelain versions of these Kakiemon designs.