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  • Museum Accession No.: EA1976.50
  • Catalogue No.: 333
  • Object type: Dish
  • Kiln/Location: Imari
  • Period/Date: early 18th century
  • Dimensions: D. 55.0 cm
  • Provenance: Gift of M.C. and ].W. Christie Miller
  • Description: Large dish. The dense underglaze blue floral scrolling in red, pink, blue, green and aubergine enamels with gold overlapped by large reserves in white, red and gold extending to edge of rim, one kidney-shaped, one four-lobed, others fan-shaped or as poem slips, containing shishi, eagle and floral designs. On the reverse, red flowers with blue leaves.

    Large dishes were a staple of the trade to Europe, where they were more likely displayed on a wall or cupboard, rather than on the table. For other large dishes, see, e.g., Porcelain for Palaces, 1990, pls. 229-36, Atterbury (ed.), 1982, p. 48

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