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A Fine 18th Century Japanese Dish in Chinese Style

A Fine 18th Century Japanese Dish in Chinese Style

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1800: Item # 936912
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From our Japanese Collection, a fine and large mid-to-late 18th century blue and white porcelain dish, circa 1740-1780, painted in the Chinese style depicting a home with people on an embankment, a treed outcrop in the distance with geese flying overhead, and some unidentified structures in the foreground. The entire scene is surrounded by a border of characters, and all executed in a greyish blue on dense grey porcelain paste, typical of 18th century Japanese Arita ware. The back of the dish is plain with the exception of six spur marks.

Fans of our site will no doubt recognize yet another example reflecting the interplay between Japanese and Chinese ceramics that we personally find so interesting. Starting with the Interregnum period in China when the Japanese started copying Chinese kraakware, to later in the 18th century when the Chinese started copying Japanese imari, this back and forth continues on throughout the centuries, and is a very interesting dynamic of their shared porcelain traditions.

Size and condition: A large dish at 11 1/8 inches in diameter, 1 3/4 inches deep, perfect condition.