Ko-Imari Shaped Porcelain Dish

c.1640 - 1650

Ko-Imari Vine-Leaf Shaped Porcelain Dish, Arita Kilns c.1640 to 1650. This small delicate dish has been moulded into the shape of a vine-leaf with part of another vine-leaf placed over the top, there are two leaf stalks that emanate from the cut stalk at the lowest part of the dish. This sunk section also depicts a small bunch of grapes, the moulding is made to look more prominent by the use of cobalt blue lines, probably stylised waves. The base is inscribed Da Ming (Great Ming) as a reference to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). An almost identical 17th century Japanese porcelain dish is in the Shibata Collection and is at the Kyushu Ceramic Museum in Japan (see references).


In good condition, a small chip to the end of the end of the top leaf point, small glaze losses to the lower left leaf point. A minute chip to the lower rim just below the end of the blue decoration on the right-hand side. A minute chip to the back edge.
10.7 cm (4 1/4 inches).
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For an almost identical dish see : Complete Catalogue of Shibata Collection (Contributors Saga Kenritsu Kyūshū Tōji Bunkakan. Published by the Kyushu Ceramic Museum, 1990) page 43, plate 0283.