A pair of Bow ‘quail pattern’ leaf-shaped dishes, circa 1755.

The dishes are painted in the Kakiemon palette, with a pair of quail in the centre, below an overhanging twisted branch of flowering prunus issuing from rockwork; the scene balanced by a small clump of flowers.

The rim is embellished in iron-red and gilding with a narrow band of floral scrollwork.

The Bow manufactory, which was mainly active from about 1747-1764, frequently copied the highly prized imported Chinese and Japanese wares.

The quail pattern was a well-known traditional Japanese design.

REFERENCE: CER0370

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