A rare pair of blue and white and coral-red 'kinrande' dishes


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The dishes are of shallow form with rounded sides. The interior is painted in underglaze-blue with large flowerheads of peony and chrysanthemum within a double-line border and encircled by ribboned Taoist symbols divided by a floral spray.  The outside is covered with a coral-red glaze embellished with finely drawn gold lotus and chrysanthemum heads growing from a scrolling feathery stem.
Diameter 19.4 cm

Kinrande (literally 'gold brocade') is the Japanese name for a type of Chinese porselein where gold leaf is applied on the (mostly) iron-red surface. It originated in the Jiajing (1521-1566) and early Wanli (1573-1620) periods. This type was produced mainly for the Japanese market.
Outside Japan (mainly in private collections) large numbers of kinrande porcelain can be found in the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul.
 

 

 

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