An Early 17th Century Japanese Porcelain Dish
An Early Japanese Lozenge Shaped Dish, Arita Kilns c.1620-1640. This small Japanese porcelain serving dish is potted in a similar way to Japanese pottery of the period. It is a very early piece and might well date to before 1630. The moulded form is freely decorated in grey blue tones of cobalt oxide with panels of trailing vine around a central design of two ginkgo leaves on a blue ground. The glazing is uneven, with areas of pooling as well as a bare patch near the foot. This dish is shown with a related kiln waster (Robert McPherson Antiques – Not For Sale – Reference Collection). For more information about early period of Japanese porcelain production see The Early Kilns of Japan, Arita in the First Half of the Seventeenth Century (Oliver Impey, Clarendon University Press Oxford 1996. ISBN 0-19-826370-8).
- In excellent condition, a minute glaze fritt to the rim.
- Diameter 14 cm (5 1/2 inches)
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- For a related early Japanese porcelain dish of square form also depicting Ginko see : The Early Kilns of Japan, Arita in the First Half of the Seventeenth Century (Oliver Impey, Clarendon University Press Oxford 1996. ISBN 0-19-826370-8) plate 18 c