Dating from early-to-mid Edo the shape of this unique Karatsu piece is referred to as a “takadai-zara” in Japanese, or high-footed serving platter. Modeled on similar Korean pieces from the early Joseon Dynasty, the platter was made using coarse, unrefined clay with high iron oxide content. The clay which forms the bowl shows impurities, intentional pitting, and small stones peeking through the clay making for an interesting ceramic landscape. After firing, pieces such as this are treated with a thin layer of ash glaze; which, over time and with extended use, transforms to a rich and distinctive luster as can be observed here. The darkly glazed foot and the warm gold repairs unique to this piece stand out nicely against the ash glaze backdrop making it especially attractive.
The platter is 8 inches in diameter at its widest point (20.5 cm) and stands 4.3 inches tall (11 cm). It is in very good condition and seems to have been well-cared-for. The gold repairs are quite attractive and attest to the importance placed on the preservation of this work. International shipping and insurance included in the price.