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Arita Sometsuke Porcelain Bowl Karakusa and Flowers

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Arita Sometsuke Porcelain Bowl Karakusa and Flowers

This classic Japanese blue and white porcelain (“sometsuke”) dish with scalloped edge is decorated with a hand painted “mijin karakusa” design and five large flower blossoms in underglaze blue on a white ground. Meiji period (1868-1912). The mijin karakusa pattern, which is one variation of the scrolling vine pattern, is in the form of delicate denticulate leaves and little m-shaped curls. This is one of the many scrolling vine patterns which appear on domestic market blue and white Arita and Imari wares. The exterior is decorated with underglaze cobalt designs of another classic scrolling vine pattern called “tako-karakusa” (octopus vine). Three blue lines encircle the raised foot ring. Blue and white sometsuke porcelains with a karakusa designs are examples of wares made for the domestic Japanese market, and they are prized by Japanese collectors. Arita is a town on the island of Kyushu which has been a center of Japanese porcelain production since the seventeenth century. With Arita blue and whites, the blue is produced from a cobalt or indigo pigment and is painted straight onto the biscuit, after which the piece is glazed and fired. Ceramics for everyday use were made at the same kilns that were producing highly ornate, purely decorative wares primarily for export. Condition is very good, with no chips or cracks. There is one small glaze dimple on the front surface, which is not atypical of these wares. Dimensions: 8 Ľ” diameter, 1 ˝” high.

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