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

early Edo period, Joo era (1652-55)

circa 1655

Measuring 20.3 cm (7.99 in) in diameter


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 seal character on the reverse within a double square, the edge of the footring burnt red, thickly potted base.

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


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  • Literature: 

    An identical dish in the Shibata Collection at the Kyushu Ceramic Museum, illustrated in Catalogue VII, no.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