A 17th Century Japanese Porcelain Plate in the ‘Master of the Rocks’ Style
An unusual Japanese porcelain dish in the Master of the rocks style, Arita kilns c.1680-1700. Densely painted in strong tones of cobalt blue with a landscape.
- In perfect condition.
- Diameter : 19 cm (7 1/2 inches)
- R and G McPherson Antiques, the Roy Davids Collection of Japanese and Chinese porcelain. From a Private English Collection of 17th and 18th Century Chinese and Japanese Porcelain.
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- A plate of this design 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)
The Master of the Rocks Style :
The phrase Master of the Rocks is unfamiliar to many Chinese, it is another invented category used by western scholars and collectors to pigeon-hole groups of Chinese ceramics, rather like Kraakware or Celadon. However unlike either of these Master of the Rocks first coined by Gerald Reitlinger, is a clear, distinct group. This style lasted from about 1645 to 1690. The highly distinctive painting style consists of landscapes with massive powerful mountains in a linier technique. The style is, for want of a better word, ‘painterly’ and often includes distant mountains painted with a very wet brush that contrast with the linier mountains in the mid ground. The style usually employs a technique of blobby dots, either in the landscape or as a border. These dots are painted with a wet brush and have no outline. These designs were certainly inspired by late Ming scroll painters like Wang Jinazhng (active c.1628 – 1644). The same use of brush strokes in contour like parallels lines can be seen. Mountains with jagged peaks are piled up creating a dramatic structure. But where as many of the scroll painters are known, the ceramics artists are anonymous.