Early Imari Blue and White Porcelain Dish with Bird and Flower Design


An Early Imari blue and white plate fired in the 1640s. It has a slightly deep and rimmed shape. The Ko-sometsuke style decoration with the flowers and a bird design in the window circled by the Nyoi-tou (head of Buddhism wand) patterns. The elegant painting style of the lovely nightingale singing among the flowers shows the sign of the type that leads to the later Ai-Kutani style. The tasteful crazing appears on the relatively soft impression surface—an outstanding example of the early Imari with the excellent colour and flourished painting.

A chip on the back of the rim was repaired with Gintsugi (silver-coated lacquer repair). Other than that, there are no noticeable defects, and the condition is good. It comes with a box.

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