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Arita Scholars Refuge Dish c.1680

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1700: Item # 1309502

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A dish decorated in a Chinese literati style with a composition featuring principally a scholar’s refuge, Ting (Chinese), Teshi (Japanese ) beneath a rather curious gnarled tree with fan like foliage, presumably a Pine, and an auspicious ruyi (lingzhi) cloud pattern. This cloud motif, unki-zu, is essentially Chinese, xiangyun, relying on the homophone yun, yun, cloud, which sounds like yun, good luck or fortune, combined with Tian, heaven, so signifying heaven sent good luck. The design clearly references such Chinese paintings as Ni San’s famous Rongxi Studio. The reverse is decorated with a Lotus scroll pattern. Dating late seventeenth century circa 1680-1700. The dish has a very similar design to EW nos 2890 and 2891 however the porcelain is less refined suggesting an Uchiyama origin, rather than Nangawara. It measures 19.8cm in diameter and stands 3.2cm high at the rim. Shipping at Cost.