Ko-Imari Blue and White Porcelain Bowl with Grape Pattern¥34,000 JPY
A Ko-Imari bowl fired in the middle to late Edo period. It exhibits a distinctive large half-cylindrical shape adorned with depictions of grapes and a bamboo fence in underglaze blue. Despite its thin construction, a certain level of sophistication is evident, but the shrunk glaze and cobalt colour suggest that it likely belongs to the Kurawanka type. The unglazed lip initially implies that it was meant to have a lid, although examples of half-cylindrical bowls with lids are rare, making this ware unique. Its size and design make it suitable for Mitate use as an incense burner or a waste-water container.
Remarkably, there are no noticeable defects apart from a few minor chips on the lip.
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