A Rare Mid-17th Century Ko-Kutani Style Porcelain Dish

c.1640 - 1650

A Rare Ko-Kutani Style Dish, Arita Kilns c.1640-1650. There is incised decoration over the entire center of the dish, the glaze is thick, crazed and uneven, pooling in places. So, the carved decoration is very difficult to see, even in a raking light. It seems to be incised with flowering plants. The overglazed enamel decoration is contemporary with the dish, it is in the so-called Ko-Kutani style, with a pair of geese at the water’s edge next to reeds. This form of dish, with its heavy body and everted rim is typical of this period. The seal-mark in black and translucent green is associated with Ko-Kutani and is often used on 19th century Kutani.

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Some damage, there is a small double section of the rim restuck. The goose resting its head has a large flake of black enamel missing and retouched. There is a small shallow chip to the rim. I suspect the reddish brown appearance of the front is due to iron oxide impurities in the body.
Diameter 19 cm (7 1/2 inches).
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£ 1250
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