A Nabeshima polychrome saucer dish  Late 17th/early 18th century

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Lot 338*
A Nabeshima polychrome saucer dish
Late 17th/early 18th century

Sold for £ 43,750 (US$ 55,010) inc. premium
A Nabeshima polychrome saucer dish
Late 17th/early 18th century
Decorated with a flowering mokusei (Osmanthus asiaticus), the gnarled trunk divided by a band of mist, in underglaze blue, iron-red, green and ochre enamels, the underside painted with three groups of shippo-tsunagi (linked-cash) in underglaze blue above a deep foot rim with a typical combed design. 5.7cm x 20.1cm (2¼in x 7 7/8in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Private collection, Japan.
    Purchased from Eskenazi Ltd., London, 1999.
    A Swiss Private Collection, and thence by descent to the present owners.

    Exhibited and Published: Les Cadeaux au Shogun, Porcelaine Précieuse des Seigneurs de Nabeshima, Paris, Espace des Arts Mitsukoshi Étoile, 1997-98, p.149, cat.no.70.

    For the design, see Japanese Ceramics in the Toguri Collection, Tokyo, Toguri Museum, 1988, p.241, no.329 and the exhibition catalogue Nabeshima Ware, Designs that Inspire Pride, Tokyo, Suntory Museum of Art, 2010, p.171, no.130.

    For a fine example of one of the classic Nabeshima designs, which was also produced in underglaze blue, see Seki Kazuo, Nabeshima kozara: Ai-nabeshima kozara to sono shuhen (Nabeshima Small Dishes: Underglaze Blue Small Dishes and Others), Osaka, Ko-Imari Kankokai, 1995, p.24, no.58.

    The mokusei or Osmanthus asiaticus, a fragrant tree native of China, was imported and cultivated in Japan during the Edo period (1615-1868). Bearing clusters of many small flowers and fruit, it is a symbol of fertility and plenty.
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A Nabeshima polychrome saucer dish  Late 17th/early 18th century
A Nabeshima polychrome saucer dish  Late 17th/early 18th century
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