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  • Place of origin:

    Arita (made)

  • Date:

    1667-1670 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain decorated in underglaze blue

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lieutenant-Colonel Kenneth Dingwall D.S.O. through Art Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Porcelain was first made in Japan in the early years of the 17th century at kilns in and around the town of Arita in the northern part of the western island of Kyushu. The earliest pieces were designed for the domestic market. Production increased from 1650 onwards, with a large part of the industry being directed towards the making of pots for export to Europe. The use of a central scene surrounded by a panelled design is common among blue-and-white porcelain imported into Europe from both China and Japan. The centre of this particular dish bears the coats of arms of Francois de Vinq and Aletta Pancras, who were married in 1667.

Physical description

Six panels, arms of Francois de Vicq and Aletta Pancras

Place of Origin

Arita (made)


1667-1670 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain decorated in underglaze blue


Diameter: 14 in from register

Object history note

François de Vicq (1646 - 1707) was Burgomaster of Amsterdam several times after 1697. In 1667 he maried Aletta Pancras. Portraits of the pair, painted in 1670 by Gerard ter Borch are in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

Historical context note

Plates and dishes formed the bulk of imports into Europe from both China and Japan. The most popular decoration for these pieces was the sort on this dish, with a central scene and panelled design on the rim.

Descriptive line

Dish, blue and white porcelain decorated with deer, Japan, Arita kilns, Edo period, 1667-1670

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Ayers, John. Far Eastern Ceramics in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Sotheby Parke Bernet, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1980, Monochrome Plate No. 245.

Labels and date

Porcelain with decoration in underglaze blue
Arms of Francois de Vinq and Aletta Pancras in the centre, the rim divided into six panels Arita kilns 1667 or shortly after
Dingwall Gift [1986]




Enamel; Underglaze; Blue and white


Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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