A rare & fine Japanese early Edo period Ai Kakiemon dish, vividly decorated in underglaze cobalt blue with a pair of ho-o birds (phoenixes) perched upon a rocky outcrop amongst flowers and vines. The rim decorated with a scrolling bird and vine pattern.
The background displays an unusual number of stars in the sky: thirteen.
Made for export to Europe through the Dutch East India Company.
early Edo Period, Arita kiln, Japan
A fine 17thc Japanese Ai Kakiemon export dish decorated with ho-o birds, c1670
See 'A Complete Catalogue of the Shibata collection' for an almost identical dish, no.1545, dated to circa 1670-90.
21.2xm in diameter; 11.9cm footring
perfect original condition