$320 - £230
A fine Arita Chawan, rice bowl and cover, decorated with a tripartite scheme. The design quite cleverly incorporates the three principal styles or schools of Japanese Art of the late Edo period, the Namban, the Rimpa and the Bunjinga School.
The first panel shows a Dutchman, gaijin, holding a cane standing in front of a table upon which there is a crackle glazed vase with Peacock feathers and a brush-pot. The rather stiff almost naïve style of the composition seems to have its origin in contemporary and earlier monochrome woodblock prints, “sumizuri-e”. Such subjects as exotic foreigners, gaijin, Hollanders, Koreans and Manchurians were particularly popular in the late 18th century and early 19th century, as reflected in the Nagasaki-e prints of the period. The second panel is enamelled with a pair of peacocks, a popular subject in Japanese Art, painted in gilt with enamels, framed by vine like foliage in nishikid-e style. The Green Peacock was not actually native to Japan and was an exotic import; principally imported from Java. The style of decoration with its generous use of gold is in the tradition of the Rimpa school. The third panel is painted in a refined Chinese literati “sumi-e” style with a classic “Sansui” landscape. It is probably an interpretation of one of the Eight views of Xiaoxiang. Such subjects became popular in Japan in the second half of the Eighteenth century and gave rise to the so-called Nanga (Southern painting) or Bunjinga (Literati painting) schools of Art.
The interior of the bowl is decorated with a band of waves and a Kirin, which almost seems to be a “leitmotif” for Arita porcelain of the late Edo period. The foot-ring of the bowl and cover have a six character nengo, nienhao, for the Chinese Ming Emperor Jiajing.
The bowl measures 6.1cm in height, excluding the cover, or 8.3cm with cover, and is 11.1cm in diameter. The cover measures 10.1cm in diameter and stands 2.8cm to the rim. Both are in excellent condition no cracks, chips or restoration. Shipping within the UK included in the sterling price. Worldwide shipping included in the $ price.