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A pair of small Japanese Arita dishes, late 17th/early 18th Century.

The dishes are of barbed shield form, 12.7cm wide.

They are painted with an equestrian and two pedestrian figures traversing a hilly Italianate landscape, the scene intersected by a tall spruce.

The decoration is in the manner of Frederick van Frytom (1632-1702), the famous 17th Century Dutch Delft artist, whose European scenes were widely copied on both Chinese and Japanese porcelain.

Japanese artists, working from Delft originals, were thus introduced to the concepts of perspective and the use of shadow, both techniques previously unknown to Oriental artists.

The bases have four spur marks, where the dishes were supported in the kiln, and the six character reign mark of the Ming Emperor Chenghua (1447-1487), which was frequently used on Japanese porcelain.


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