By Kinkozan, signed Kinkozan with impressed seal
Japan, Kyoto, Meiji period (1868-1912)
Of circular form with a low ring foot and decorated in polychrome enamels and gilt with three ‘hanging scroll’ reserves depicting female poets, the left panel showing the poet with two children in a winter landscape, the central panel showing her next to a blossoming cherry tree, and the right panel showing the poet at a scholar’s desk with an open book in front of her and a folding screen in the background, looking out towards the rocky landscape. Below the scroll painting is a low table with a basket of chrysanthemums and Buddha’s hand citrus on leafy twigs. All on a midnight blue ground, elaborately and densely decorated in gilt with phoenixes, clouds, nashiji, and circular designs, the interior rim decorated in gilt with scrolling vines and stylized chrysanthemums, the whole exterior with scattered gilt flowers, the recessed base glazed white. Signed KINKOZAN with an impressed seal to the base.
DIAMETER 31.5 cm
Condition: Good condition with traces of wear, some minor wear to the glaze, and firing irregularities.
Provenance: British collection.
For a considerably smaller Kinkozan dish with ‘hanging scroll’ reserves by Sozan for the Kinkozan workshop, see Bonhams, Fine Japanese and Korean Art, 15 March 2017, New York, lot 6271 (sold for 31,250 USD).
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