A very attractive Kutani dish in the shape of a fish - with the body done in a scalloped fan shape and a strong design of a fierce shi shi chasing the sacred pearl. The tail of the fish is decorated in a nishidike brocade design in the traditional Kutani rust orange and green. Of the base is a simple design of four flames in the rust orange.
The dish does not carry the usual Kutani (nine mountain) Kanji mark - however, the palette of colors is clearly that if the Kutani potters. Kutani porcelain has been produced for more than 300 years in the ancient Kaga province (current Ishikawa prefecture), located on the shore of the Sea of Japan. Production was halted in 1730 but in 1810 news Kutani kilns were founded and the introduction of new techniques contributed to making Kutani ware a world renown craft.
The dish measures 6 3/4" long from the tip of the tail to the front and is 5" wide x 1" high. We date this dish to the late Meiji period, circa 1890 - 1915. Excellent condition with no chips, hairlines or restorations - one tiny light scratch can be seen.