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Dish

Dish

  • Place of origin:

    Arita, Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1650-1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain decorated in underglaze blue; yellow enamel painting on underside

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Scott-Taggart in appreciation of the services to ceramic studies of Bernard Rackham CB

  • Museum number:

    C.130-1963

  • Gallery location:

    Japan, room 45, case 2

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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 ceramics 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 is painted with a deer surrounded by flowering plants and a butterfly.

Physical description

Blue and white dish, with designs in eight segments around rim. In centre, a deer, butterflies and plants are depicted. The exterior is decorated with four motives of rococo scrollwork in yellow enamel which have been added in Europe.

Place of Origin

Arita, Japan (made)

Date

1650-1700 (made)

Artist/maker

unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain decorated in underglaze blue; yellow enamel painting on underside

Dimensions

Diameter: 54.0 cm from register

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, porcelain decorated in underglaze blue; yellow enamel painting on underside (probaby added in Europe); Japan, Arita kilns, Edo period, 1650-1700

Labels and date

DISH
Porcelain with decoration in underglaze blue
Deer on a rock surrounded by flowers and butterflies, with eight panels
Arita kilns About 1650-1700
GIVEN BY JOHN SCOTT-TAGGART IN APPRECIATION OF BERNARD RACKHAM, C.B. [1986]

Materials

Porcelain

Techniques

Glazed; Blue and white; Enamelled

Subjects depicted

Plants; Flower; Deer; Butterfly

Categories

Porcelain; Ceramics

Collection code

EAS

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