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A porcelain dish
A porcelain dish


A porcelain dish
Okawachi, Nabeshima ware, Edo period (18th century)
Of circular form and on a raised foot, decorated in underglaze-blue and colored enamels and gilt, the interior with the "Three Friends" motif, pine, bamboo and plum, the exterior with three magnolia sprays in underglaze blue and red enamels with gilt details and with underglaze-blue "comb-tooth" band encircling the high circular foot
8in. (20.3cm.) diameter

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For another dish with the same design, see Imaizumi Motosuke, Iro-Nabeshima to Matsugatani (Colored Nabeshima and Matsugatani wares) (Tokyo: Yuzankaku shuppan, 1969), pl. 53; and Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History, ed., Tokubetsuten Nabeshima: Hanyo kara gendai made (Special exhibition of Nabeshima: From the provincial public kiln to today) (Yokohama: Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History, 1987), pl. 99.

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