This is an early Japanese blue and white rectangular potter dish from the late 18th to early 19th century. The design – executed in underglaze cobalt blue – is of a landscape scene next to a lake. There is a small hut surrounded by tall trees (one a weeping willow) on the near side - a fisherman out on the lake – and a distant shoreline with more trees. The pottery is very rough with a great many small firing bubble holes that are characteristic of Japanese pottery of this period.
The sides of the dish are vertical and have a set of intersecting diagonal lines all around the side. The dish has been warped in the firing, thereby adding to the rustic simplicity of the piece. The underside has three small legs and there are three firing spurs where small squares of clay held the piece up off the bottom of the kiln to ensure even firing. The dish measures 8”’ long by 5 ½” wide by 1 ¼” deep. It is in excellent condition.