Old-Kutani Small Dish with Design of Phoenix（Early 17th century）
It is the good old-kutani that is fascinated by the bewitching colors. The sharp and neat form that seems to cut when touched shows one of the achievements of this era.
- Product Code
- Edo Period
Early 17th century
- Bottom Diameter
- Paulonia Box
- There is a repair at the edge
There is a kiln scratch at the edge
It has soft base, five beautiful colors, and excellent baking. It is a little regrettable that there is a repair at the edge, but it is so elaborate that it cannot be distinguished with the naked eye.
https://tenpyodo.com/en/product/cat/imari-nabeshima/（Handled Items ⇒ Imari / Nabeshima）
Old-kutani is a style of imari ware developed in arita, hizen（current saga prefecture）, in the early edo period. In the 1640s and 50s, the overglaze enamels technique was introduced to imari ware, which before then was primarily blue and white pottery. Thanks to this dramatic change in technique, early-imari was developed into “Old-Kutani”. Overglaze enamels porcelain, which was originally created by imitating chinese ceramics, developed independently in japan, and in addition to the bright dishes designed for dinner parties, there were also a lot of works created for tea ceremonies and kaiseki. Some pieces were made with noticeably higher quality color painting technique, and it is thought that artists of painting may have contributed to making these pieces. The number of works with inscribed name grew dramatically, and a wide variety of inscribed names were used, such as “Kakufuku” or “Homare”. Since the dishes being made had become wider, in order to prevent the middle of the plates from sagging during firing, a technique was developed that involved adding cone-shaped supports made out of the same material as porcelain called “Hari”. Early-Imari dishes had smaller bases, so there are very few pieces that show signs of the use of these “Hari,” other than large plates. Iroe（overglaze enamels）old-kutani have a magnificent, powerful character, and due to their unique design style and thick, oil paint like coloring, for a long time it was commonly believed that they were produced in kaga（current ishikawa prefecture）- this is known as the kaga theory – but after several pieces of overglaze enamel pottery in the old-kutani style were found in the remains of old kilns in arita, the hizen theory, which claims that they were fired in arita, hizen（saga prefecture）, became more prevalent, and this is the mainstream view today. Thanks to the strenuous efforts of hizen potters in the middle 17th century, these beautiful vessels still exist today, and rival jingdezhen porcelain, which is said to be the highest quality porcelain in the world.