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A late 17th century Arita dish strikingly painted with two large clams and seaweeds

 

Arita kiln, Ko-Imari taste, Hizen province, Japan

Early Edo period (late 17th century)

circa 1670-1690

A lobed porcelain dish freely painted in rich cobalt tones with a pair of large clams (hamaguri) and seaweeds (kaisou).

 

This dish - decorated boldly in the Japanese taste - was likely made for the home market, and not for export to Europe through the V.O.C. (Dutch East India Company).

The famous Shibata collection at the Kyushu Museum shows several late 17th century Arita-kiln dishes depicting clam, marine algae and seaweeds, however the present dish with it's striking pair of clams shells - most likely representative of fidelity and marriage - appears to be unrecorded.

The reverse bearing a large underglaze blue Running Fuku mark encircled by finely painted karakusa scrolls.

 

Measurements: 

9-1/2 inches (24 cm) in diameter 

 

Condition report:

Excellent original condition. Three spur-marks (kiln support marks) to the base.

A late 17th century Arita dish boldly painted with two large clams & seaweeds

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