A kakuzara decorated in a combination of underglaze blue with enamels and gilding. The main motif is composed of waka matsu, young pines, often used an emblem for the arrival of spring with warabi, fern croziers, and fingers of spring mist, kasumi, The borders containing further motifs, composed of bamboo, and pine boughs growing from stylised hexagonal, kiku-mon, rocks, which when combined with the stylised karakusa motifs to the reverse, each of which contains a plum blossom, ume-hana complete the auspicious triumvirate, the sanyu suihan, the Three Friends of Winter. Dating circa 1750-80, late Mid Edo period.
The dish measures approximately 5.5 inches square or approximately 7 inches in diameter. Good condition, no cracks, chips or restoration some wear comesurate with age.
Dishes of this particular pattern appear to have been exported to Korea in the 18th century, and the pattern adapted for use on Korean porcelain produced during the first half of the nineteenth century for Court use. See “Treasures from Korea” British Museum Exhibition catalogue 1984, no 217 at page 181 for a square dish showing the Korean version and re-configuration of the pattern. Shipping at Cost