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  • Place of origin:

    Arita (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1750-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in underglaze blue, overglaze enamels and gilt

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 20, shelf 3

Physical description

Dish, one of a pair. Porcelain, with wavy edge, blue floral centre, and diapered border in colours and gold.

Place of Origin

Arita (made)


ca. 1750-1850 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in underglaze blue, overglaze enamels and gilt

Marks and inscriptions

'Dai Ming Seika Nensei' in underglaze blue on base
Made in the Chenghua era of the Ming dynasty


Diameter: 17.5 cm

Object history note

One of a pair of dishes, 340&A-1877.

Historical context note

Ceramics from the Chenghua reign period (1465-1487) were very sought after in the 18th century China. In Japan in the 18th and early 19th century there was a widespread interest in Chinese art and Chinese taste. These dishes, which do not attempt to copy a Ming dynasty style, carry this mark in order to appeal to this interest and to imbue the dishes with a certain cachet.

Descriptive line

Dish, one of a pair, porcelain painted in underglaze blue, overglaze enamels and gilt; Japan, Arita kilns (Imari type), Edo period, ca. 1750-1850




Glazed; Gilt; Painted

Subjects depicted

Diaper-work; Flowers


Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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