A Small 17th Century Japanese Porcelain Dish

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A Rare Early Japanese Porcelain Dish, Arita Kilns c.1660. This small very finely potted moulded saucer shaped dish is decorated with three ruyi-shaped panels on a deep blue reserve ground. The plants depicted The Three Friends of Winter (Pine, Bamboo and Prunus). It is especially finely potted for a moulded piece of this period and the body is very white.

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Condition
In very good condition. A glaze chip to the rim c.2x1 mm. Small glaze flakes to the back of the dish under the rim. Firing faults - warped, a minute tear to the rim and an iron spot on to the well of the dish.
Size
Diameter 15.8cm (6 inches).
Provenance
N/A
Stock number
25709
References
An almost identical dish is illustrated, see : The Catalog of the Shibata Collections Volume 1 (The Kyushu Ceramic Museum, 1990) page 34, plate 74, dated to 1650-1660.

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A rare early Japanese porcelain dish, Arita kilns c.1660. This small very finely potted moulded saucer shaped dish is decorated with flowering plants to the well. The cavetto is crisply moulded with ruyi-shaped panels. It is very thin and rather warped, it is especially finely potted for a moulded piece and the body is very white.

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The Three Friends of Winter :
These three plants, Pine, Bamboo and Prunus, signify perseverance. Neither the Pine nor the Bamboo shed their leaves in winter and the Plum flowers at the very end of the winter, heralding the arrival of spring.