An interesting kaku nagazara, rectangular dish designed for use in the Kaiseki meal. It is decorated primarily in a three colour Imari palette, more typically found on porcelain produced for export to the West. The central reserve is decorated in kinsai style with gilt and gilt outlined enamels with a “winter” landscape incorporating Bamboo, Take, Pawlonia, Kiri and Suisen, Japanese Narcissus partially obscured by cloud like ground fog, and finger form kuomo style clouds. The cavetto of the dish decorated along the longer sides with a gilt diaper ground inset with reserves containing a further Nindou mon style kinrande brocade ground and ryusuimon shaped reserves containing Clams, hamaguri, and seaweed, kaisou. The shorter sides with quadrilobed reserves containing auspicious pussyfoot Dragons. The motifs used indicate that the dish was designed for use during the New Year. Hamaguri, clams, formed an important part of the Kaiseki meal that took place during this festival in the Edo period. The dish dates to the period 1730-50.
The reverse is decorated with a hagi karakusa ground with Lotus flowers, a dentil border to the foot-rim and a six character nien hao for the Chinese Emperor Wanli. The dish is in good condition with no cracks, chips or restoration; there is some fading to the gilding. English provenance. Shipping at Cost.