£150 - $220
A pair of Arita dishes moulded in Ko Sometsuke Kraak style decorated with a pair of scholars playing Go, one of the four accomplishments of the Chinese gentleman scholar. In which the first of the pair of figures is parodied in mitate style one of whom has a board on his head and one presumes losing opponent has a miserable expression. A short eight character poem is incorporated in the design, but is probably unrelated to the figures, reflecting the contemporary popularity of haigu combinations of painting and poetry during the late Eighteenth century. The second dish has Chinese figures in a more conventional style, as a counterpoint to the parodied example.
The dish is moulded into a series of medallions arranged in so-called mesiande style. This particular style of moulding appears on Kraak, Ko Sometsuke, porcelain of the early 17th century. The dish has an auspicious eight fold lotus petal rim, and the medallions contain various precious objects. The reverse of the dishes are undecorated. The dishes date to the late mid Edo period circa 1750-80 and are of a type produced at the Kakiemon related Higuchi kiln in the Nangawara valley. The dishes measure 21cm in diameter and stand high with five spurs to the reverse arranged in an “X” shaped arrangement. The plate with the figure with a board on his head is in good condition, without cracks, chips or restoration. The plain example has a small chip to one of the barbs of the rim. Additional images are available on request. Worldwide shipping is included in the $ price and UK shipping in the Sterling price.
£150 - $220