A Japanese blue and white dish

17th-18th century

The dish with moulded sides and a brown-dressed barbed rim is painted to the interior with a view of a Dutch coastal town. The scene shows three figures in a watery landscape, one with a cow on a lead. The exterior is painted with a scrolling border and has a fuku mark on the base.

19 cm diameter



A Dutch private collection

An identical dish is in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and illustrated in Ayers, Impey and Mallet, Porcelain for Palaces, The Fashion for Japan in Europe 1650-1750, Oriental Ceramic Society, 1990, pl. 67, as well as a Meissen version, pl. 301.

Two further dishes with this subject are in the Metropolitan Museum and illustrated by Barbara Brennan Ford and Oliver Impey in Japanese Art from the Gerry Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1989, pls. 93 and 94.

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