An unusual and rare low bowl, hirabachi, produced at the Kakiemon kiln in the late Edo period, circa 1810-30. The design shows Mizuaoi, (Monochoria korsakowii), water hollyhocks, a distinctive marshland plant with beautiful blue flowers and luxuriant green foliage, and Sagi-so, Egret orchids, amongst a torrent of a mountain stream, juxtaposed against a stylised Karahana brocade ground. The reverse of the dish is painted with rocks and further flowers. The bowl’s irregular form and swirling moulding shows the influence of contemporary Japanese stonewares, such as those of Seto, something of a departure from the more usual Chinese influenced forms, more typical of Arita. An identical bowl in form and design is currently on view at the Freer Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute.
The bowl is identical in form to one illustrated in the Kakiemon Exhibition at the Kyushu Museum, no 210, with identical "Saka Gaki" signature, and six character mark; the same mark is further reproduced in “Modern and Contemporary Marks of Hizen Ceramics”, as being that of the Kakiemon kiln circa 1810-30. The bowl measures 28.8cm in diameter and is 6.4cm high, some firing flaws and fritting, and a minute chip to the rim.
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