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Nine-lobed dish. Two Chinese scholars and a servant under pine in mountain landscape within central roundel; border panels of iris, plum and paired birds. Made of porcelain decorated with underglaze cobalt blue and overglaze enamels. Kokutani style. Sealed and inscribed. With paulownia storage box.
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Diameter: 35.50 centimetres
Height: 5.50 centimetres
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- This is an excellent example of Kokutani style Hizen porcelain. It was made in a Western Arita kiln possibly Yanbeta from 1640-1650. It belongs to the first stage of Kokutani style ware. The overall design derives from shonzui style Chinese wares, but the central medallion is taken from a Chinese printed book, in Japanese Hasshu gafu or Eight Painterly Styles, first published in Anhui province, China, circa 1616. A similar example is in the Corfu Museum of Asian Art, Greece. (NR 2015)
Smith et al 1990
The border panels of iris, plum and paired birds is in a semi-Japanese style, while the central roundel is of the purely Chinese subject of scholars under a pine in a mountain landscape. It is not proven that this lustrously enamelled piece is indeed of seventeenth-century date, but it is a splendid example of the Kokutani style.
Jenyns, Soame, 'Japanese Porcelain', London, 1965, pl. 93a, b.
He mentions that the dish was painted by Toda Kichihei. This is now not thought to be the case.
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