£180 - $290
A rare Ko Imari scalloped rimmed dish decorated with an eremetic motif of a scholar’s refuge in an idealised landscape. The rim celadon seji glazed and decorated with a depiction of the Three Friends of Winter in gilt outlined enamels. The reverse of the dish is celadon glazed to the foot-ring. The foot-ring containing a six character mark for the Ming Emperor Chengua and a set of five spur marks in a square or cross formation.
The dish dates to the Horeki period and was probably produced at the Higuchi kiln in the Nangawara valley, where shards of similarly decorated dishes have been recovered. A set of dishes of this type are held at Freer Sackler and have a box dated to 1755, and are described as sashimi-zara, dishes for the presentation of sashimi. See no 3314 “The Complete Catalogue of the Shibata Collection” for a similar dish dated 1750-70.
The dish measures 23cm just over 9 inches in diameter. It is robustly potted and is in good condition with no cracks, chips or restoration. Shipping at Cost.