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Object 2012203




Dutch (Delft)




Height 42 mm (1.65 inch), diameter of rim 302 mm (11.89 inch), diameter of footring 150 mm (5.91 inch), weight 800 grams (28.22 ounce (oz.))


Earthenware dish on footring. flat rim. Decorated in different shades of blue on a white tin glaze with two superimposed shikishi on a blue ground, the one below in dark blue, the other with a a pavilion in a riverscape with clouds, trees and rocks. On the sides four large and four small medallions filled with a flower head and leafy scrolls on a blue ground. The reverse with three circles and three asterisks. The footring has been pierced. 


The superimposed squares represent shikishi, special Japanese papers used for painting or calligraphy. This shikishi pattern was originally used in Japan as a decoration design on moulded dishes with scalloped rims. (Jörg 2002/2, p.38, cat. 21)


F&C cat 22 p40


In his Fine & Curious on page 40, cat. 22 Jörg shows an example of this shikishi design pattern. 

Reproduced from: Fine & Curious. Japanese Export Porcelain in Dutch Collections, (C.J.A. Jörg, Hotei Publishing, Amsterdam, 2003), p.40, cat. 22. This dish is not included in this sale/offer. (copyright in bibliographic data and images is held by the publisher or by their respective licensors: all rights reserved) 


For examples of dishes decorated with this shikishi design pattern, please see:

Apparently the same shikishi design pattern was used on Delftware of c.1660-1680 proving that Japanese pieces with this design pattern were known in The Netherlands at that time. (Jörg 2002/2, p.38, cat. 21)


For an identically shaped and similarly decorated Dutch (Delftware) dish, please see;

Condition: Some minor frits and glaze chips to the rim.



Jörg 2002/2, cat. 21, cat. 21a & cat. 22


Price: Sold.


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