A very unusual shallow bowl decorated in somenishiki-de style with a fanciful landscape featuring a Namban figure, a Portugese perhaps rather than a Dutchman, accompanied by a servant with parasol, walking to and from some sort of compound in the background with a curious barrel shaped tower. The well of the bowl and the exterior decorated in underglaze blue with a Shou symbol, Kotobuki, and three pussy foot Dragons to the exterior of the bowl. The bowl has no attached foot-rim as such, but an unglazed rim in Chinese fashion; a feature of some Ko Sometsuke porcelains produced for the Japanese market in the early seventeenth century. A Chinese style shop mark to the interior of the foo-rim. Dating Kyoho to Horeki in date.
The bowl measures 13.8cm in diameter and 5cm high to the rim, and is in excellent condition no cracks, chips or restoration. Shipping at Cost.