Japanese Blue and White wares 17th Century - Dishes
Japan, Arita presumably Sarugawa
Height 53 mm (2.09 inch), diameter of rim 320 mm (12.60 inch), diameter of footring 151 mm (5.95 inch), weight 1.184 grams (41.76 ounce (oz.))
Dish on footring, flat rim. On the base four spur-marks in a Y-pattern. Decorated in underglaze blue in the style of Chinese kraak porcelain. In the centre a decoration of a river landscape with trees, pagodas, rocks and mountains. The sides divided into panels filled with stylised peonies and precious objects alternating with narrower panels of florets. On the reverse two widespread flower sprays.
In present-day Dutch collections, Japanese dishes and plates with Chinese kraak designs are still common and must have been an important part of the export shipments. Unfortunately, official VOC shipping lists only occasionally specify decorations in such detail that we can identify these kraak-style pieces. The kraak style was reserved largely for dishes, plates and saucers. Examples have normal borders divisions of wide and narrow panels while the centre shows the highly popular designs of a flower vase on a terrace, a river landscape with birds or flowering plants with a cricket. (Jörg 2003/1, p.23)
For an identically decorated dish, please see:
- Hizen wares abroad, The 10th anniversary special exhibition, (Kyushu Ceramic Museum, Kyushu, 1990), p.52, cat. 52.
Condition: Some firing flaws and a glaze chip to the rim.