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Dish

  • Place of origin:

    Arita (made)

  • Date:

    1770-1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in underglaze blue and overglaze enamels

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Irene Finch, IF collection no. 85/18

  • Museum number:

    FE.68-2006

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 21, shelf 3

  • Public access description

    The design of flower-filled urns in a basket is in classic Nabeshima style of the sort found on high quality Nabeshima porcelains manufactured in the early eighteenth century under the patronage of the Nabeshima clan, the family of feudal lords who controlled the area in which the Arita porcelain kilns were located. This is also true of the stylised camelllia devices on the dish's underside and the combed pattern on the high footring. The use of spur marks is not, however, found, on true Nabeshima wares, which are also usually characterised by the application of enamel colours within outlines painted in underglaze blue (doucai) - a feature not found on this dish. These suggest that the dish is a late eighteenth or early nineteenth century product made at a commercial kiln in the Arita area for a market in search of affordable reworkings of a famous ceramic style.

    Irene Finch commentary:
    Dish with Classical Nabeshima comb foot, in Post-Classical / Late Classical Nabeshima style with decorated narrow flat rim and painting style no longer doucai, but more 'free'. A spur mark shows it to be Arita, a fake copy 18th-19th century. The design is a basket with two crackled urns, a begonia flower and an unknown flowering branch. [Hirado make the most common fakes, in the rigid Classical style, but with the typical Hirado non-green glaze]

  • Physical description

    Dish, round; porcelain, painted with two flower-filled urns in a basket, border of ruyi heads.

  • Dimensions

    Height: 5.1 cm, Diameter: 21.5 cm

  • Object history note

    Irene Finch note, 2009: Finch 85/18 FE 68-2006
    Dish with Classical Nabeshima comb foot, potted and decorated in Post Classical/Late Classical style with a narrow flat border and looser painting style, no longer doucai. The picture represents a basket with crackled urns containing a begonia and an unknown plant branch.
    Relevance to history
    The spur mark shows it to be an Arita copy, late 18-early 19th C. In 2003 a similar sherd was accepted by the Nabeshima Research Soc. as Nabeshima (Seminar notes Feb 2003, Kyushu, p.111 top, no spur mark visible), as were several sherds related to a different example (Finch 91/31, number 41 on this list). Faking was worthwhile, knowledge still very limited. Published Finch KoNabeshima 2006, as 7k, in section 111K.

  • Descriptive line

    Cer, Japan, Arita, polychrome
    Dish, round; Nabeshima related
    Irene Finch gift, 85/18

  • Collection code

    East Asia Collection