A small Van Frytom multi-lobed oval dish, Japanese, early 18th Century.

The dish is painted in underglaze blue with two European square riggers exchanging broadsides, as five local figures sit in a long boat in the foreground.

The rim is decorated with a continuous band of heart-shaped motifs; the base with four spur marks and a spurious Chinese reign mark, 15cm wide.

From the early 1600s, the Dutch East India Company was importing large quantities of Chinese blue and white porcelain, which Dutch potters, working in earthenware, began to imitate.

Dutch delftware pieces were later sent to Arita to be copied in true porcelain, which European potters were then unable to make,


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