A rather unusual Arita dish of barbed or lotus form with a fluted cavetto based on a 17th century Chinese model. The rim decorated with a chocolate brown fuchibeni glaze and the border decorated with the auspicious bagua, eight trigrams, with a central motif showing a pair of humorously painted Chinese priests The right hand portion of the design obscured by what appears to be a stylised curtain. The reverse decorated with a floral scroll. A small fuku seal mark to the reverse set within five spurs in an X shaped formation. The form of the fuku seal would suggest an Higuchi kiln, Nangawara, origin for the dish.
The dish measures 21.5 cm in diameter and stands 3.6 cm in height at the rim. The dish is in good condition, except for a very minor flake to the underside of the rim (see photo 6), some chipping to the foot-ring probably arising from the removal of sand adhesions to the rim shortly after the originasl firing. Shipping to the UK included in the sterling price. Worldwide shipping included in the $ price.