The Nabeshima kilns, located near the town of Arita in northern Kyushu, originally produced ceramic wares for the exclusive use of the Nabeshima clan lords who dominated that region. These porcelains are distinguished by their superior quality and perfection in shape, design, and enameling techniques. The shallow bowl on a raised foot is a typical shape among Nabeshima wares, and the balanced combination of underglaze blue with soft grey-green and light red enamels is characteristic of the kiln’s special colors. Textile patterns may have been inspiration for the asymmetrical design of cherry blossoms, bands, and circular mon, the family crest motif that decorates the dish.
(N.V. Hammer, Inc., New York);
purchased by Kimbell Art Foundation, Fort Worth, 1968.