Old-Kutani dish with Crane design


It is a masterpiece of Old-kutani based on crane design.Sharp and severe thick modeling is one of the achievement points in this period, The rich colors reminiscent of oil paintings are vivid.The same type of work is held at the Kutaniyaki art museum.
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PeriodEdo period
First half of the 17th century
(Although there is one small hit, It is a perfect range)
Mouth diameter13.5×9.8cm
Bottom diameter9.1×5.6cm
DependentWood box
Acrylic dish stands attached
Similar work『Old kutani Japanese ceramics11』、Chuokoronsha 、P131,No182.
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 The old-kutani style is the style of imari ware made in hizen arita in the early Edo period.
In the 1640s and 1650s color painting techniques were introduced to imari ware made mainly of underglaze blue,
and it was transformed into an old-kutani style in which early imari was developed with remarkable technological innovation.
Porcelain of overglaze polychrome enamel which began with imitating chinese ceramics showed its own development in japan,
a work of the tea ceremony was also made.
Participation by the painter is felt as you can see the work which the painting has become much better.
The number of works with characters increased, and various names such as ” horn fortune ” and “honor” were used.
In order to prevent the bottom from drooping during firing as the bottom width of the dish became larger,
a method of attaching a conical support “Hari” made of the same material as porcelain has become widespread.
Because porcelain of overglaze polychrome enamel were unsuitable for the tastes of europeans,
little was exported, it is estimated that it was produced according to domestic demand.
The old kutani style also became thin like the kakiemon style in the second half.
I will also refine the picture pattern.


Explanation of the design

 Crane has long been the symbol of longevity with turtles,
It was honored as the good bird.
Nest and lay eggs on the ground in swamp and plain and beach.
It is the symbol of couple satisfaction because they act together to achieve the lifetime.
Designs include “Eat pine crane” with pine twig and “Cloud crane” drawn with clouds.