A RETICULATED PORCELAIN DISH, JAPANESE IMARI, LATE 17TH / EARLY 18TH CENTURY.
A very rare dish for this early period. The centre is decorated with typical Imari enamels in a most striking design set off by the reticulated border of interlaced circles. On the back can be found a very unusual border design of two gilt dragons. Within the foot-rim are four unevenly spaced spur marks. You will certainly have seen late 19th century versions of this form but they are not a patch on this Genroku period example.
9.3/16 inches (23.3 cm) diameter. A long time ago a section of the reticulation has broken out and has been repaired expertly with rivets. Apart from that the plate is very good with no wear, I would say that all of the gilding remains unworn.
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