Early Imari Ware Blue and White Porcelain Plate with Landscape Design


An Early Imari ware plate fired around the 1640s. Landscape design on the centre of the front face and arabesque design on the rim in underglaze blue with dark cobalt.

At the time, China was in the midst of a civil war caused by the Transition from Ming to Qing, and the Jiangxi province, where the Jingdezhen kiln was located, fell in 1646. During that time, it is thought that many potters and painters emigrated abroad, and the trend of the Chineseisation of Imari ware, which had its origins in Korean techniques, also corresponds to this factor. The painting of this piece is similar to the blue-and-white porcelain of the Fujian kilns, such as Swatow ware and Dehua porcelain, but the brush stroke is rough, giving the impression of crude but charming. Likely, it was already painted by a Japanese painter rather than a Chinese one.

Natural kiln alterations such as kiln grits and unglazed spots can be seen. There are no notable defects other than a single hairline extending from the rim.

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