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Fine Arita Tako-karakusa Dish Edo 18C No 1

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Fine Arita Tako-karakusa Dish Edo 18C No 1

A finely painted sometsuke o-zara painted with a striking all over octopus scroll pattern, called by the Japanese tako-karakusa. Although these designs can appear rather plain to Western eyes, they required remarkable patience and expertise upon the part of the painter. Painting on the dry biscuit body of porcelain was akin to painting a fresco, so there was no margin for error. So these designs are all the more remarkable considering their extra-ordinary complexity. Such octopus scroll patterns actually derive from Chinese precedents and in particular to a class of Jizhou stonewares copying it would appear Chinese Cinnabar lacquers known to the Japanese as Guryi, which date from the Song period. These patterns were known to the Chinese as Xiang gao, literally twisted grass. In this example the scroll is produced without the use of an outline and so dates to the period 1740-60. The reverse is decorated with a kara kusa border pattern and a four character fuki-chosun mark. The dish is in excellent condition and measures 18.2cm in diameter. Shipping at Cost.

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