Porcelain dish with elaborate Imari style decoration depicting men in 17th century European costume
- Object Number: STKMG:1947.P.19.1
- Simple Name: dish
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- Production Place: Arita
- Production Place: Japan
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- Summary: Porcelain dish with elaborate Imari style decoration depicting men in 17th century European costume. Painted amongst diamond diapers and foliage scrolls. A Dutch sailing ship is depicted in the centre of the dish and two more in reserves. Painted in underglaze blue and overglaze iron-red, green and blue and gilding. Blue floral scroll on reverse and four spur marks on the base. Five Boat Style' (gososen-de), highly valued in Japan.
- Terms:East Asian
- Additional Notes: The Tokugawa Shogunate severely controlled Japanese contact with the outside world and from the mid 17th to the mid 19th century, the Dutch were the only European country allowed to trade with Japan. the Japanese were fascinated by the clothing and customs, as well as the ships, of the Dutch traders and this interest is reflected in the decoration of the bowl.
- Contact: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery