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A Splendid and Exceedingly Rare Early Ai-Kutani Japanese moulded dish with pie-crust rim and sharply undulating cavetto, superbly painted with flowering branches of Peony issuing from Rockwork


Chokichidani kiln, Arita, Ai-Kutani type, Hizen province, Japan

early Edo period, Joo era (1652-55)

circa 1655


The exceptional finely potted white porcelain body of shallow circular form with a sharply moulded pie-crust rim dressed in iron brown fuchi-beni rim glaze with a superbly formed cavetto of undulating, spiralling form. 


The interior is boldly painted with a large central circular medallion depicting flowering branches of peony issuing from rockwork on a steep ground, the reverse encircled with a finely drawn double-lined scrolling hana-karakusa.

A cobalt-blue Kaku-Fuku (Lucky sign) seal character on the reverse within a double square, the edge of the footring burnt red, thickly potted base. This mark was used at the Chokichidani kiln throughout the 1650s.



20.3 cm (7.99 in) in diameter


Condition report:

In excellent original condition. One extremely small flake to the fuchi-beni iron-glazed rim at 6 o'clock.

A splendid 17thC Japanese Ai-Kutani moulded dish, Chokichidani kiln, Arita c1655

  • SOLD


  • Additional Information


    An identical dish in the Shibata Collection at the Kyushu Ceramic Museum, illustrated in Catalogue VII, no.111 catalogued as "Rinkasara (flower petal rim plate) Somefuyan peony flower dish 1655~1660s Exhibition number 7-111". 

    Similar moulded porcelain dishes illustrated in Yamashita, Sakuro "Ai-Kutani to Ai-Kakiemon" (1983), and in Tsuchioka, K. "The Shibata Collection, vol.II, nos. 155-157.


    A fine Private Collection, Kyushu, Japan

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