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  • Place of origin:

    Arita (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1690-1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in underglaze blue, overglaze enamels and gilt

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss E. Humphreys-Owen

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Europe 1600-1815, Room 6, The Lisa and Bernard Selz Gallery, case WN

Physical description

Dish, one of a pair (with FE.79A-1970). Of saucer shape with rounded sides everted at the rim, which is foliated in ten lobes, and turns up at the lip; low-wedge-shaped foot. In the centre of the base is the mark of a firing spur; the base has sunk below the level of the foot so that the dish is unstable; gritty foot-ring.

The design is partly executed in purplish blue and completed in two tones of green, pale and deep red, yellow, greyish aubergine and black enamels, with gilding. In the centre is a broad design of growing chrysanthemum plants curving to the right, surrounded by a band with two phoenixes flying through variously-coloured clouds; and round the outside are three spares sprays of prunus in blue, red and gold only.

Place of Origin

Arita (made)


ca. 1690-1700 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in underglaze blue, overglaze enamels and gilt


Diameter: 30.9 cm, Height: 5.1 cm

Descriptive line

Dish, porcelain painted in underglaze blue, overglaze enamels and gilt; Japan, Arita kilns (Imari type), Edo period, ca. 1690-1700

Labels and date

Porcelain painted in underglaze blue and enamels JAPANESE (ARITA) about 1700
Given by Miss Elizabeth Humphreys-Owen F. FE.79-1970 [as at 2005]




Painted; Glazed; Gilt

Subjects depicted

Chrysanthemum; Phoenix birds; Prunus blossoms


Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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