A Rare Inscribed Mid 17th Century Ko-Imari Blue and White Porcelain Dish

1655 - 1660

A Rare Inscribed Mid-17th Century Ko-Imari Blue and White Porcelain Dish, Arita Kilns c.1655-1660. This dish has an everted rim, the impressed zig-zag border pattern in indented into the surface from the hump mould that formed the shape of this dish. The striking design in the wide well of the thickly potted dish is asymmetrical. It shows an open fan surrounded by a snow wheel. This is stylised snowflakes, sometimes referred to as a snow wheel. The design is of course fanciful, as the true form of a snowflake had yet to be determined. Behind are perhaps one or two fan boxes. The curved foreground and the background consist of reeds and grasses. The base of this blue and white porcelain dish has a seal-mark, above are three inscriptions. To my untrained eye, they look to be repeats of the same characters, they seem to have been intentionally crossed out, perhaps with the end of the painter’s brush. A fourth, line, one character is intact, it’s possible that a whole line on the far right has been erased. The curved sides of this unusual dish are decorated with leaves and long flowing tendrils.

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In excellent condition, no damage.
Diameter 20.1 cm (8 1/4 inches). Depth 2.7 cm (1 inch).
For a dish of this design and form, but lacking the inscription see : Complete Catalogue of Shibata Collection (Contributors Saga Kenritsu Kyūshū Tōji Bunkakan. Published by the Kyushu Ceramic Museum, 2019) page 92, plate 0725.
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