A PAIR OF MAGNIFICENT IMARI DISHES, EDO PERIOD, LATE 17TH CENTURY
the large circular dishes with broad rim decorated in iron-red and gilt on underglaze blue with chrysanthemums and areas of cloud forms in a rich gold
6 cm., 18 in. diam.
- Some slight old wear to gilt and enamels.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Decoration in lacquer or gold became onto porcelain fashionable in the early part of the 18th century and not only dishes but vases also had lacquer decorations added either in Japan or Europe. On a grand scale is the garniture of three vases and covers in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford formerly in the collection of the Duchess of Marlborough, with their richly lacquered panels which would have reflected candlelight when on display. Here the areas for lacquering have been decorated in a rich gold.