One of two blue and white dishes purchased from the same estate, this lovely little footed dish is an example of what the Japanese call Ko Sometsuke, or "Old Blue & White". This is the name used for pre-1800 Chinese wares manufactured for the Japanese market, many of which were destined for tea-ceremony use. In general Ko Sometsuke wares have a thick bubbly glaze often with rim frits ( Jp mushikui ) and a relatively loosely painted asymmetrical image often "framed" in an unusual border. Manufactured by increasingly independent potters and potteries during a time of great civil upheaval, they can bear marks but are generally never "mark and period".
Heavily potted, the dish depicts a wooded hill rising from the sea and edged by clouds. At the crest there is a pagoda with buildings falling away down the slope. A full moon rises above clouds and peaks. Two boats beat homeward on the water.
Size: approx 7" long x 4 3/4" wide x 1 1/16" high. Condition: Rim fritting on all four scalloped corners, together with what appears to be some chipping. Light genuine wear.
Texas buyers please note that sales tax will be collected either by Ruby Lane or by us.
Antique Chinese Porcelain Blue & White Footed Tea Ceremony Dish Ko Sometsuke Marked