A very elegant Nabeshima porcelain plate dating from the end of the Edo period (1615-1868) to the beginning of the Meiji period (1868-1912).
Nabeshima porcelain is world-known for its high level of quality. At the end of the 17th century, the Nabeshima clan who ruled the Saga domain, located near Arita, moved the kiln they were patronizing deep into the mountains, in the Okawachiyama village, where it could difficultly be accessed. There, master craftsmen, many of them of Korean origin, created one of the best ceramic ever made, still much revered to these days.
This particular plate is decorated with underglaze cobalt blue and overglaze enamels depicting an eggplant, red pepper, beans and watermelons and their leaves; fruits of the summer.
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The rim is decorated with the usual comb pattern and scrolling foliage around it.
The plate presents very minute traces of usage and no enamel loss; it is otherwise in very good condition.
Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.5 cm (6 x 1.4 in); weight 212g (7.42 oz)
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