Shoki-Imari Porcelain Dish, Japanese c.1630 -1650

c.1630 -1650

A Shoki-Imari Porcelain Dish, Arita Kilns c.1630 -1650. This flat dish with everted rim and its thick rough foot-rim is typical of some of the earliest Japanese porcelain ever produced. The dish is thickly potted and the glaze crazed, both typical of Japanese porcelain from this early period. The landscape has been painted with large variety of brush-strokes some of which are incredibly fine, the blue varies from a very thin pale washes to deep inky pools. The term Shoki-Imari is used to include the very first porcelain made in Japan, generally thought to be slightly before 1620/1630, to the beginnings of the export market in the 1650s. The designs were strongly influenced by the Ming porcelain in Japanese taste that was being imported at the time but it was also influenced by Japanese pottery.

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Rim chip repaired using traditional Japanese technique of Kintsugi (gold joinery). Firing faults ; surface is crazed, the dish was chipped prior to painting.
Diameter 21.1 cm (8 1/4 inches)
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