NABESHIMA TYPE c.1880 – 1910. Japanese Porcelain

A Japanese Nabeshima Type Dish Decorated in a Cobalt Blue of Pale Smoky Tone c.1880 – 1910. Decorated with Sihickiko, Seven Wine Jars Set Against Seigaiha Ground Created by the Use of a Wax-Resist Technique.


Diameter : 21.2 cm (8 1/4 inches).
A thick stained rim crack c.28 mm and a small filled rim chip.
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We have described this dish as Nabeshima Type, as we can not be certain it came from the Nabeshima kilns, as at this late period kilns at Arita imitated Nabeshima ware. This visually striking design of seven jars seemingly placed at random against a background ofSeigaiha 'Blue sea and wave' conveys an auspicious meaning. It is a homophone with Koh-Shichi – Happy Seven. One of the jars is decorated with a cracked-ice pattern, the others with a drip design around the collars and the other with stylised clouds. The Seigaiha, 'Blue sea and wave', used as the background in this design, is a pattern of waves that are overlapping. This wave crest pattern is a traditional Japanese design, typical of a whole range of geometrical patterns used on textiles, lacquer and ceramics, and like so many of these designs it conveys auspicious omens.