Rare Pair of Japanese Arita Clam Shell Dishes- Edo Period

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As part of our Japanese works of art collection we are delighted to offer this most unusual Edo Period (1603-1868) pair of shell shaped dishes , the finely potted Clam shells are most likely to have been manufactured at the kilns of Arita sometime in the early 18th century, circa 1730. This most charming pair of fluted shell form dishes are decorated in more traditional Kutani palettes of green, iron red and gilt, depicting birds in flight above a landscape of flora as well as interspersed shells , the dishes stand on three curved moulded feet inside which are evidence of the non glazed kiln firing rest marks, the underside further decorated with shells and seaweed.

This particular type of dishes appear unrecorded and as such were likely made for the home market as opposed to being mass produced for export, a rare and fascinating pair of dishes for the collectors of period Japanese ceramics.

Condition report :

The shells are in quite lovely condition with only one miniscule fleabite to the underside of one rim.

Approximate Sizes :

Width :  6″ 15.5 cm

Length : 6″  15.5 cm

Height :  2″  5 cm

Free worldwide delivery and a certificate of authenticity are included within the price of this item. EP84

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