A circular, smaller white porcelain plate. On the upper surface, three vases, similar in shape, are shown overlapping diagonally in blue background. The two outer vases run off the plate’s rim. They are outlined in underglaze blue and are against a painted light-blue background. The left vase is covered with a white glaze (which left unpainted) under a red key-fret design. The center vase is totally covered with a white crackle pattern done in blue underglaze line. The right vase has a design of evenly-spaced red flowers. Precise flat bases are combined with a rather awkward suggestion of a three-dimensional view of the lips. The back has a triple representation of peony buds surrounded by fine branching stems and leaves. On the shallow foot, bold lines are drawn in a row like a comb. The design on the back is all drawn with blue underglaze. (Referencce: Becker, Sister Johanna. “A Group of Nabeshima Porcelain.”)
The Nabeshima wares were used by the local governing family as part of their annual tribute to the Tokugawa overlords.The three vases depicted here may be derived from some of Chinese T’ang ceramics, for the lower section of the fret and flower vases is suggesting an area left unglazed with the glaze running down towards the foot of the vases, a design which is seen in those Chinese ceramics. But the exact patterns drawn here indicate that the artist was not a ceramist or he would know that such precise patterns could not be preserved in a fluid glaze. (Referencce: Becker, Sister Johanna. “A Group of Nabeshima Porcelain.”)
Ceramic container with rough surface. It has a round body and a short narrow neck. (after Korean Silla 7 Japanese Sueki traditions). Reduction fired with heavy green to grey matte ash glaze with drips.
Stoneware tea bowl with short foot that flares out into the base of the tea bowl, and bends gently back inwards, until flaring slightly at the lip of the piece. Underglaze design of a circle and stylized design or plant decorates the side of the bowl.
A still life on a wood table with a white cracked wall behind. On the table are plums, some in a wicker basket and a few on the table. There is a water glass half full and a metal tankard. Behind the basket is a branch with green oval leaves.