A pair of Japanese Arita ‘Dutch landscape’ dishes

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A pair of Japanese Arita ‘Dutch landscape’ dishes
Edo period, early 18th century

The dishes, known as ‘View of Scheveningen’ or ‘Deshima Island’ dishes are decorated with three figures and a bull amongst buildings and a harbour, all enclosed by a wave pattern border executed in washed blue tones.

Catalogue notes:
This famous pattern is thought to have been inspired by a Delft plate depicting Scheveningen crafted by the ceramic artist Frederick van Frytom (1652-1702). Alternatively some consider the landscape on these dishes as depicting Deshima Island.

Other examples include those in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, accession no. EA1964.40 and 41; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accession no. 2002.447.117; and published in D. F. Lunsingh Scheurleer, Chine de Commande, London, 1974, pl. 202.

20 cm. (7 7/8 in.) diameter

Both with frits to the rim, one with one small overpainted shallow chip to the rim (approx. 0.7 cm.), and the other with two small overpainted shallow chips to the rim (the larger approx. 0.7 cm.).

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