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  • Place of origin:

    Arita (made)

  • Date:

    1660-1680 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in underglaze blue

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 6, shelf 2

In the late 1650s, following the fall of the Ming dynasty in 1644 and the consequent collapse of the Chinese ceramic export trade, Dutch merchants based in western Japan began commissioning copies of Chinese porcelain from Japanese kilns. These new orders greatly boosted the fledgling potteries of Arita, which was Japan's main centre for porcelain production during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The design of this dish imitates that of Chinese 'Kraak' porcelains of the sort made for export to the Middle East and Europe from the 1570s onwards. The Japanese painter of this dish simplified the original Chinese design, eliminating superfluous detail to achieve a powerfully graphic effect. Japanese porcelains were considerably heavier and often much larger than their Chinese counterparts. The cobalt used contained impurities that resulted in a distinctive bright but soft blue tinged with purple or blue.

Physical description

Round dish painted in underglaze blue with a central design of birds, flowers and rocks, the rim divided into eight equal sections in the style of Chinese 'Kraak' export porcelain

Place of Origin

Arita (made)


1660-1680 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in underglaze blue


Diameter: 38.8 cm

Object history note

Acquired in Iran as part of the Richards Collection purchased by Major Robert Murdoch Smith

From the RICHARD collection.

Descriptive line

Dish, porcelain, painted in underglaze blue after a Chinese 'Kraak' porcelain original, Arita, Japan, 1660-80




Blue and white; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Birds


China in Persia; Porcelain; Ceramics


East Asia Collection

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