Dish with design of peonies and rock

Large dish with upcurved edge and plain rim.

Clay: porcelain, grayish white with some dark impurities.

Glaze: transparent, slightly greenish cast. Footrim unglazed and rough, some small chips.

Decoration: in underglaze cobalt, dark blue outline filled with three shades of blue wash, details in dark blue. On front, two large full-blown peony blossoms to left and moss-covered rock to right, partially obscured by bands of conventionalized mist. On back, two variations of cash design, repeated in alternation four times each.

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Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1750-1800
Medium
Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear glaze
Style
Arita ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 6.4 x 29.8 x 29.8 cm (2 1/2 x 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in)
Geography
Japan, Saga prefecture, Arita
Credit Line
Gift of Okochi Sadao
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
F1988.12
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Dish

Keywords
Arita ware, cobalt pigment, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, peony, porcelain
Provenance

To 1988
Okochi Sadao, Nagoya, Japan. [1]

From 1988
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Okochi Sadao, Nagoya, Japan. [2]

Notes:

[1] See Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Okochi Sadao

Description

Large dish with upcurved edge and plain rim.

Clay: porcelain, grayish white with some dark impurities.

Glaze: transparent, slightly greenish cast. Footrim unglazed and rough, some small chips.

Decoration: in underglaze cobalt, dark blue outline filled with three shades of blue wash, details in dark blue. On front, two large full-blown peony blossoms to left and moss-covered rock to right, partially obscured by bands of conventionalized mist. On back, two variations of cash design, repeated in alternation four times each.

Inscription(s)

Mark: false Ming dynasty Chenghua era (1465-87) six-character mark on base.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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