Blue and White Arita Sometsuke Porcelain Bowl
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1900: item # 98637
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B & C Antiques
P. O. Box 291
Derby, CT 06418
|Classic Japanese blue and white Arita sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) low bowl with fluted edge decorated with handpainted “meijin karakusa” design around a central medallion of shochikubai (pine, plum and bamboo). Mid-19th century. The meijin 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 tako-karakusa (octopus vine), and there is an apocryphal four-character mark of Chenghua (a Chinese emperor in the Ming Dynasty who set very high porcelain standards) on the recessed foot painted in underglaze blue. Three blue lines encircle the 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 excellent. Overall dimensions: 6” diameter, 2” high.|