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Dish decorated with banana leaves and butterflies

Dish decorated with banana leaves and butterflies

enamel decoration in the ko-Kutani style

Early Edo Period (1605 – 1868), approximately 1640 – 1670.
H : 9cm Diameter : 40cm
M.C. 3367

This dish is made from rather thick porcelain, with a crackled surface and an unrounded edge. The greyish porcelain on the inner foot reveals a lower firing temperature. It resembles a few very similar dishes in Japanese collections, which presumably come from the same workshop. They are between 12.6 and 16.5 inches in diameter. The background is generally covered in enamel, which rarely reveals the white shade of the porcelain. The backgrounds are often yellow, with stylised plum tree flowers, like the dish decorated with bamboo on a yellow background interspersed with chrysanthemum flowers in the Ishikawa Prefectural Museum (Masterpieces of Kutani Ware - Treasury of Ishikawa Prefectural Museum, Heisei 3, catalogue number 28, p.42). An identical chrysanthemum flower motif is found on a dish with watermelon decoration (Yoshiaki Yabe, Ko-Kutani ten [Ko-Kutani Ceramic], exhibit catalogue, Takashimaya Gallery, Yokohama, 1991, number 36). The back of the Cernuschi Museum’s dish is decorated with cloudy motifs on a pale green background, except for the inside of the foot. Note that a few dishes of the same shape, although undecorated, were found on the site of kiln number 1 in Kutani, in the Ishikawa Prefecture (see Imari Kutani meihin ten (Exhibition of Imari and ko-Kutani wares), exhibit catalogue, Ishikawa Prefectural Museum, The Kyūshū Ceramic Museum, 1987, pl. 137, p. 152). Although kiln number one at the Kutani site, in the mountains of what was once the province of Kaga ruled by the Maeda clan, has provided a few examples of rather similar dishes, it seems more probable today that the production of these “ko-Kutani” pieces dates back to the Arita kilns, where production conditions were more favourable and where fragments of very similar dishes were discovered.

Collection : Japanese decorative arts
Mode d'acquisition : Bequest of Henri Cernuschi, 1896.

- MAUCUER, Michel ; Musée Cernuschi. Céramiques japonaises : un choix dans les collections du Musée Cernuschi.  Paris : Paris musées, 2010. p.44, 2 : IV.
- MAUCUER, Michel ; Musée Cernuschi. Henri Cernuschi 1821 – 1896, voyageur et collectionneur. Paris : Paris musées, 1998. p.114, ill.p.115.

  • Plat  (hirabachi)  à décor de feuille de bananier et de papillon

Plat (hirabachi) à décor de feuille de bananier et de papillon
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