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Pair of saucer-dishes; porcelain; scalloped sides; painted in Japanese Imari style in underglaze blue, enamel colours and gilding with flowering chrysanthemum in middle and panels of flowers alternating with lozengy diapers on sides; floral sprays and two concentric rings on back; marked.
- Production date
- 1760 (circa)
Diameter: 20.80 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Ayers, Impey & Mallet 1990
With sides moulded in sixteen lobes and a wavy rim, painted after a Japanese Imari original in underglaze blue, enamels and gilt. In the centre are curving sprays of chrysanthemum and another flower and radiating to the rim are panels of varying size and design, including three with prunus or millet and others with brocade patterns or blue-and-gold trellis, with scattered chrysanthemum blooms. On the underside are three flowering branches. On the base are three firing spurs, a double blue circle and the mark.
Japanese dishes of comparable design are Nos 237 and 238. It makes its appearance at Chelsea in the 1756 sale catalogue, lot 23, 7th day as 'a rare old Japan pattern blue and gold'. Before 1760 an underglaze blue, rather than gold, anchor mark will have been used. The pattern was later adopted at Worcester and Derby, while its exact precursor exists also in 'Chinese Imari': cf. Tokyo, Idemitsu Museum of Arts, 1984, Figs 125 and 126, with a Worcester variant, Fig. 127.
R. L. Hobson, 'Catalogue of the English Porcelain in the British Museum', London, 1905, II, 60.
- On display (G46/dc17)
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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