$140 - £100
An unusual Arita bowl decorated with a narrow band of pine branches and a series of four Koro’s, bronze censers, with elaborate Taotie, or Elephant mask handles, two of which contain representations of a Kirin and a Hoo bird, and a central motif of a Shirasagi framed by a stylised Lotus border. Curiously the Shirasagi motif has a striking resemblance to the well-known Egret mark applied to a class of Kraak porcelain; see Rinaldi’s “Kraak Porcelain”.
The base of the bowl decorated with a four character mark for the Chinese emperor Xuande within a double square. The design is very unusual, and may well incorporate elements sourced from a manual on Chinese bronzes; this may also be the origin of the reign mark, which is particularly associated with the production of fine bronzes rather than porcelain. The bowl dates to the Meiwa era circa 1770-90.
The bowl measures 15.5cm in diameter and stands 4.5cm high to the rim. It is in excellent condition with no cracks, chips or restoration. Shipping within the UK included in the sterling price. Worldwide shipping included in the $ price.