A Pair of Fine 17th Century Japanese Porcelain Peacock Dishes

c.1660 - 1690

A Pair of Fine Late 17th Century Japanese Peacock Shaped Porcelain Dishes, Arita Kilns c.1660-1690. Crisply moulded, and light in the hand, these dishes sit on thin deep foot with only a small amount of glaze wiped clear of the foot rims. Painted in rich and varied tones of cobalt that appears to float in the glaze. In fact, blue and white is painted underglaze, but during firing process it migrates into the glaze. The decoration on the back is of grasses and flowering plants. The Japanese first saw peacocks through Chinese Buddhist art. Small blue and white porcelain dishes, like the present example, are numerous and varied. However, I have yet to find a reference to this specific form. These peacock dishes have individual lined bags, and a blue cushion, that is made of the same material as the linings, fits under them inside the wood box.

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No damage. Firing faults, one dish has a piece of kiln grit to the lower section of a feather. The other dish has a firing crack which has filled with glaze.
length 12.8 cm (5 inches).
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