An Unusual 17th Century Ko-Imari Porcelain Dish

c.1655 - 1670

An Unusual 17th Century Ko-Imari Porcelain Dish, Arita Kilns c.1655 – 1670. The center of this dish is painted with five sailing vessels, each in full sail with only the sails depicted against the water. The moulded border is of a water-wheel, crashing waves, and rocks bound with rope, it has been highlighted with a lilac blue wash. Dishes of this type were made for the domestic market, a nearly identical dish in Kyushu Ceramic Museum is illustrated in the Complete Catalogue of Shibata Collection (see references).

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In very good condition, very minor wear. There is a firing fault to the rim, the dish was chipped prior to glazing.
Diameter 20.5 cm (8 1/8 inches).
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For a nearly identical dish see : Complete Catalogue of Shibata Collection (Contributors Saga Kenritsu Kyūshū Tōji Bunkakan. Published by the Kyushu Ceramic Museum, 1990) page 108, plate 0806.