A dish decorated with a partially painted and stencilled dragon amongst lightning bolts framed by a double ring within a band of stencilled Wan diaper band to the rim. The reverse painted with three stencil and wash auspicious gobenka with karakusa motifs, and a six character mark nien hao for the Chinese Emperor Chenghua.
This is an early example of the use of katagami stencils, a technique borrowed from textiles, apparently particularly associated with the Hikeoba and Sarugawa kilns, but also used at the Nabeshima kiln to achieve the accurate replication of patterns. The porcelain is thinly potted and has quite a refined white body. The glaze has a bluish tone. There is a single spur to the centre of the dish, and sand adhesions to the footring. It measures 17.3cm in diameter and stands 2.5cm at the rim. The dish is in good condition with no cracks, chips or restoration, except for original kiln flaws. See Shibata Collection no 2340 at page 300 for an identical dish, and see also Volume II no 612, there dated c.1690-1710.
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