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Large platter. Shallow dish with broad spreading rim, painted in underglaze blue and enamels after style of late Ming 'kraak porselein'; in centre, tripod vessel containing flowering and fruiting plants on squared pavement flanked by balustrades, painted in green, red, blue and yellow with outlines in black; in surround, eight main panels outlined in blue enamel and holding alternately flowering plants or 'precious objects', with narrow panels of tassels on scale-blue ground between; floral scroll on reverse. Made of porcelain. Kakiemon style ware.
- Production date
- 1680 (c.)
Diameter: 41.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Smith et al 1990
This magnificent large dish is based on earlier seventeenth-century Chinese models decorated in underglaze blue which were widely exported around the old world. It is, however, a superb example of enamelling in the palette which came to be called Kakiemon, though the use of these enamels on such a crowded surface was probably discontinued because of its expense.
Ayers, Impey & Mallet 1990
A shallow dish with broad spreading rim, painted in underglaze blue and enamels after the style of late Ming 'kraak porselein'. In the centre, painted in green, red, blue and yellow with outlines in black, is a tripod vessel containing flowering and fruiting plants on a squared pavement flanked by balustrades. In the surround are eight main panels outlined in blue enamel and holding alternately flowering plants or 'precious objects', with narrow panels of tassels on a scale-blue ground between. On the reverse is a floral scroll.
Tokyo National Museum, 'Masterpieces of Japanese and Chinese Art from the British Museum', 1987, No. 59.
A large and highly decorated dish of this size would have been seen as an exotic possession in Europe. Decorated in the style of the earlier Chinese 'kraak' porcelain, it is a superb example of the style and palette which later became known as 'kakiemon'. Illustrations in the surrounding panels are of flowering plants and 'precious objects'. In the centre a tripod, possibly containing the Japanese banana, sits on a tiled pavement in a garden.
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