Seto Ware Andon-Plate in Underglaze Blue | Japan, 19C


A plate called Andon-Zara fired in Seto in the late Edo period. It was used as the saucer of the oil dripping from the lantern’s wick, and it is well known that a landscape painting is drawn with an iron painting. This piece applies the technique of underglaze blue painting with a touch like an ink painting that uses the shades of cobalt, and the whole is tightened with an iron glaze with an edging. The overlapping of oil colouring on the bat and bamboo paintings seems to represent the long and quiet darkness of the night when there was no lamp.

There is an attachment on edge, and it is painted in vermilion, but no other noticeable defects and the condition is good.

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