It is a round, stoneware plate. Clay is red covered with mottled grayish glaze and painted with underglaze iron and white slip. Imperfection of clay was resulted in occasional bumps on surface. Six spur marks are visible on the bottom. Slab is roughly cut (deliberately); the plate is in slightly convex shape. Artist’s seal with underglaze iron appears on the bottom.
The plum tree has white blossoms. The plate is intended for serving sweets or food in tea ceremony.
Teabowl with brown/black tenmoku glaze and golden leaf design on interior.
Among the most rare and celebrated products of the Jizhou kiln in central Jiangxi Province, China are the “tree-leaf pattern” bowls of the Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279). A beautiful pattern is created by placing a leaf on the interior bowl surface before applying the glaze; during firing the leaf turns to ash, creating an image of a golden leaf in the black glaze, as seen in this contemporary Japanese tea bowl.