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Nabeshima Plate with Polychrome Decoration
1690 - 1740, Japan
A porcelain plate with slightly flared mouth-rim sitting on a straight raised foot. The interior is decorated with a polychrome depiction of two jars in a basket with branches of camellias and narcissus in underglaze blue with overglaze enameled red, yellow and green. The rim is decorated with a band of interlocking ruyi clouds. The back is decorated with coins tied with tassels and the raised foot-rim with a comb-tooth decoration. With a fitted wooden box.
Nabeshima ware was originally produced in Hizen Province, )Now Saga Prefecture), as tribute from the Feudal Lord Nabeshima to the Shogun in Edo. They represented the highest level of techinical and artistic achievement in Japanese porcelain of the time.
Matching pieces have been published in “Les Cadeaux au Shogun; Porcelaine Precieuse des Seigneurs de Nabeshima” Asahi Shinbun 1997, pl. 79. Also in “Nabeshima; From Earliest to Latest Periods” Tokyo, 2011. pl. 92. Imazaizumi Motosuke, “Nabeshima, Famous Ceramics of Japan 1” Kodansha 1981, Pl. 37. and “Nabeshima to Matsugatani” Yuzankaku, Tokoy 1969. pl. 115.
A piece with the same decoration sold at Christie’s, NY in March, 2000.
From a private Japanese collection