£120 - $160
A dish and cup with a stylised suhama, shore-line, rim decorated in somenishikide style with a pair of lively galloping horses in a sansui, water and rock, landscape, with mountains in the background and a stream in the foreground. The dish dates to the late Mid Edo period, and probably the Meiwa era. The design reflects the revival of interest in Japan in the patterns found on Late Ming Chinese porcelain made for the Japanese market and the Tea ceremony.
This unusual pattern of a pair of horses, one coloured and the other piebald, is taken directly from a Chinese Ko sometsuke precedent dating from the Tianqi-Chongzhen era. For examples of the Chinese version see H. Butz und M. Kawahara, Chinesisches Porzellan des 17. Jh. für Japan, Sammlung Georg Weishaupt, Berlin 1996, pl. 3a-e. See last image.
The bowl measures 16.8cm at its widest and stands 6cm high. The cup measures 9.5cm in diameter and stands 6.5cm high. They weigh respectively 170 and 398 grams. Both are in excellent condition with no cracks, chips or restoration. Worldwide shipping is included in the USD price and UK shipping with the GBP price.