An early Ai Kakiemon large dish of oval elliptical form on a relatively high foot decorated in underglaze cobalt blue with a pattern of tako-karakusa interspersed with Lotus mon and an Artemisia leaf with tassel and cords,
The reverse decorated with stylised lotus arabesques, Karakusa, and a comb pattern to the foot, and a Chinese style six-character Chenghua mark.
The Tako Karakusa motif so popular on Arita porcelain has its origins in Chinese Chizou stoneware exported to Japan in the Yuan and early Ming period. The combination of Artemisia leaf with tassel and ribbons connotes a wish for good health, and is a classic motif found on Chinese porcelain made for the Japanese market in what we would describe Kraak style, dating to the early seventeenth century.
This particular dish shows the influence of the Nabeshima kiln in its shape and style of decoration, and may well have been produced for presentation purposes.
Dating circa 1670-90. See the Shibata collection for similar dishes.
The condition is very good no cracks, chips or restoration. The dish is 24cm in length, that is just under 9.5 inches, and it stands approximately 4cm high, just over 1.5 inches high.
Shipping at Cost.