A Ming Blue and White Dish for the Japanese Tea ceremony
A Late Ming Blue and White Porcelain Dish, Tianqi or Chongzhen Period c.1620-1635. This small Transitional porcelain saucer-shaped dish would have been used for the Japanese tea ceremony meal, the Kaiseki, small dishes for serving food at the tea ceremony are the most commonly encountered form of Chinese export porcelain for Japan. Made in China for the Japanese the subject is of two young Chinese boys walking in a garden, one has a pet crab or toy crab on a string, the other holds a lantern with lotus leaf base.
- In very good condition, very minor Mushikui (insect-nibbled) rims. Slightly warped.
- Diameter 14.9 cm / 14.7 cm (5 3/4 inches)
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Ming Porcelain for Japan :
During the late Ming Period the Chinese made a large among of porcelain for the Japanese market, it was made from the Wanli period (1573-1620) and ended in the Chongzhen period (1628-1644), the main period of production being the 1620`2 and 1630`s. The Ming porcelain objects produced were made especially for the Japanese market, both the shapes and the designs were tailored to Japanese taste, the production process too allowed for Japanese aesthetics to be included in the finished object. Its seams firing faults were added, repaired tears in the leather-hard body were too frequent to not, in some cases, be deliberate. These imperfections as well as the fritting Mushikui (insect-nibbled) rims and kiln grit on the footrims all added to the Japanese aesthetic. The shapes created were often expressly made for the Japanese tea ceremony meal, the Kaiseki, small dishes for serving food at the tea ceremony are the most commonly encountered form. Designs, presumably taken from Japanese drawings sent to China, are very varied, often using large amount of the white porcelain contrasting well with the asymmetry of the design.