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Ko Imari Kakiemon Shuronogata Dish c.1740-60

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Ko Imari Kakiemon Shuronogata Dish c.1740-60

The dish a shuronogata o-sara is shaped in the form of the auspicious hemp palm leaf and is decorated with an exotic garden scene of a long tailed bird in a tree with Chinese style balustrade and fence in a typical Export three colour palette. The dish was made for export rather than the domestic market. The bird and tree do not conform to a conventional kacho-ga subject. This is probably intentional, as Japanese artists of the period tend to use, imaginary or made up flowers to invoke the mystery of China. Flowers of four petal form are often classified as Karahana, literally Chinese or Tang flowers. The reverse is decorated with simple prunus sprigs, which tend to be a defining feature of export wares; by contrast a domestic example of the same period would be finished with a classic lotus scroll. Hump moulds of this form have been recovered from the Kakiemon kiln, and the refined white body of the porcelain is consistent with such an origin, so it is highly likely that the dish comes from the Nangawara valley complex of kilns. The dish dates to the period 1730-60, the late export period. It is in good condition with some to be expected stacking wear, with no chips, cracks or restoration. The dish measures 20cm, or just under 8 inches, in diameter. Shipping at Cost

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