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AN ARITA BLUE AND WHITE CHARGER the central roundel containing the letters VOC (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie). surrounded by a ho-o bird perched among flowers and foliage, the rim with six shaped rectangular panels alternately containing the shochikubai

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AN ARITA BLUE AND WHITE CHARGER the central roundel containing the letters VOC (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie). surrounded by a ho-o bird perched among flowers and foliage, the rim with six shaped rectangular panels alternately containing the shochikubai

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Cf. Soame Jenyns's example in the Victoria and Albert Museum, pl. 14b, which he says is from the Sarugawa kiln

Toji-Taikei, Vol. 19, Heibonsha, pl. 64

200 Years of Japanese Porcelain, Richard Cleveland, 1970, pl. 34, from the City Art Museum of Saint Louis

Dr. Jorg mentions in Interaction in Ceramics 1984:

Although the panels are still traceable to the model in Kraakporselein, these motifs clearly exhibit the characteristics of the Japanese style of decoration, which developed independently. The phoenix (ho-o or fenghuang) with their fanned-out tails appear on both Kakiemon and Imari and were imitated on faience and porcelain in Europe as a typically Japanese motif (Cf. cat. no. 129)

Dishes with VOC monogram are naturally exemplary of East-West relations in ceramics and the role the company played in them. No special mention is made of them in the trade documents, but it can be taken that they were ordered for the use of the company staff at the factory on Deshima and possibly also in Batavia and other factories in Asia.
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