A circular dish with slightly everted rim decorated with a landscape freize to the cavetto. The pattern is split into equal halves, by a zigzagging screen wall on one side, and an S shaped motif with ruyi cloud shaped motifs.
The first portion of the design shows a pair of scholar’s playing Go sitting beneath a Bodri Tree set in a landscape with a scholar’s refuge cum tea house and oddly oversized autumn flowers, kikyo, bell flowers, and suisen, Japanese narcissus. The second portion a mountainous landscape with buildings and trees in Chinese style. The two contrasting landscapes are divided by stylised ruyi clouds, and what appears to be a screen, byobu. The curious lack of proportion and absence of recession gives the composition an almost surreal quality. The reverse is decorated with a continuous lotus scroll.
The porcelain is of very good quality and thinly potted showing a high degree of translucency. There are four spurs arranged neatly in a square to avoid obscuring the double square seal form fuku. The dish as regards porcelain belongs to the “Ai Kakiemon” Nangawara group, but the pattern is in a novelty style for domestic consumption. The dish measures 18.5cm in diameter and stands 2.8cm high at the rim. It is in excellent condition no cracks, chips or restoration.
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