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Small Nabeshima Sometsuke Porcelain Bowl, Meiji

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Small Nabeshima Sometsuke Porcelain Bowl, Meiji

This fine quality Japanese Nabeshima sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) deep dish is beautifully decorated in shades of soft underglaze blue with a design of dandelions and leaves set off to one side on a pure white ground. Meiji period (1868-1912). The underside rim with three formal sprays of extended peony and the high foot rim with serrated blue comb are characteristic of Nabeshima ware.

Nabeshima porcelain was made at Okawachi, north of Arita, and was named after the prince who founded the kilns at the end of the 17th century. The porcelain was of much higher quality than that made for export and was originally made as presentation ware for the local nobility. Production was limited, and less than perfect specimens were destroyed. From 1868 on, Nabeshima wares were produced for domestic use and Western export. The motifs found on Nabeshima wares were usually simple, naturalistic and structurally bold. Decoration of dishes consisted of underglaze blue and white and overglaze enamel techniques. Nabeshima porcelains were well known for their high foot rim (“takadiazara”) which was enhanced with an underglaze blue comb pattern (“kusitadake”). They were generally not marked. The reverse rims of dishes were usually enhanced with repetitive flowers and leaves or with the cash pattern in underglaze blue. These underside patterns were executed in great detail, and this in itself is an important characteristic of Nabeshima ware.

CONDITION is excellent.

DIMENSIONS: 6” (15.3 cm) diameter, 1 ˝” (3.8 cm) high.

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