A 17th Century Japanese Porcelain Dish
A 17th Century Japanese Blue and White Porcelain Dish, Arita Kilns c.1660 – 1680. This type of Japanese porcelain is referred to as Ko-Imari (old imari).This thickly potted square porcelain dish has canted corners and incised decoration beneath the grey-blue ground. The asymmetrical design to the well of the dish is painted in darker tones of cobalt blue with a group of molluscs among seaweed. The back is painted with a hut on the foreshore beneath a weeping willow tree, the other corners show hills and a flock of birds flying in formation. The glaze is thick and covered in a fine even crazing. The shallow base has a single stilt-mark (where the piece was supported in the kiln).
- in perfect condition. Firing fault, a small piece of kiln grit at the edge of the central design.
- Diameter 21.5 cm (8 1/2 inches)
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- For an almost identical Japanese porcelain dish dated to 1660 - 1680 see : Shibatas Collection Part 2 (The Kyushu Ceramic Museum, Saga Prefecture. 1991) page 121, plate 314.