ARITA c.1690 – 1720 Japanese Porcelain

A Late 17th or Early 18th Century Japanese Porcelain Dish Decorated in the Kakiemon Manner. The Thickly Potted Shallow Form, Painted in Underglaze Blue and Coloured Enamels with Two Quail Beside Clumps of Wakamatsu and Flowering Kiku. The Reverse with Birds and Flowering Plants in Underglaze Blue, the Base with a Running Fuku Mark.


Some light rubbing, especially to the two quail and the center. The foot rim with a dark fracture type crack c.30 mm.
Diameter : 21.2 cm (8 3/8 inches)
Rafi Mottahedeh Collection, no.1033. Probably the collection of Dr Chris Girton.
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For a Kakiemon style dish of the same design from the collection of Gerald Reitlinger see : Japanese Porcelain (Soame Jenyns, Faber and Faber, 1965) plate 69. Another example is illustrated in : The Burghley Porcelains, An Exhibition from The Burghley House Collection and Based on the 1688 Inventory and 1690 Devonshire Schedule (Japan Society, New York,1986) page 82. Another Japanese porcelain dish of this pattern dated to c.1750 appears in : Ko-Imari Porcelain From The Collection Of Oliver Impey (Barry Davies Oriental Art Ltd, London, 1997).



Published :
This Kakiemon style dish is illustrated in : China for the West, Chinese Porcelain & other Decorative Arts for Export Illustrated from the Mottahedeh Collection (David S. Howard and John Ayers, Sotheby`s,1978) Volume 1, page 125, plate 104.
This Kakiemon style dish is also published in the exhibition catalogue : The Two Quail Pattern, 300 Years of Design on Porcelain, A History of Pattern and a Catalogue of Porcelain Factories from the West and East (Dr Chris Girton, Louvic Publications, 2004. ISBN 0-9547195-0-6) page 77, plate 3.

Exhibited : Girton College, Cambridge, Two Quail, Exhibition Catalogue, 2004, no.3.