A 17th Century Japanese Porcelain Dish, Arita Kilns.

A Japanese Blue and White porcelain shaped dish, Arita kilns c.1670- 1690. Decorated to the with a stream running between rock and a flowering plant growing between the rocks. The border of Karakusa scrolling foliage using the Sumihajiki technique.


The rim has quite a few very small chips/glaze chips and fits.
Diameter : 20.5 cm (8 inches)
Blitz Amsterdam, label to the base.
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Sumihajiki :
This type of ceramic decoration appears in Japan just after the middle of the 17th century, although its origins are much earlier. The effect created is that of painted white lines cutting through blue, this is achieved using a wax resist type paint called `sumi` which protects the white porcelain from the cobalt blue over-painting. The `sumi` is burnt off during the firing to leaving white lines to contrast against the blue.