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A JAPANESE ARITA BLUE AND WHITE PORCELAIN 'VOC' DISH, EDO PERIOD, CIRCA 1680

£ 12,000

Reference
1714
£12,000
Painted in vivid tones of underglaze-blue, with the initials of the Dutch East India Company, VOC, (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie) and flowering peonies, within a panelled border divided into six compartments containing alternating sprays of prunus, bamboo and peony.

Similar dishes may be found in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, inventory no. 3-1886. Another illustrated and discussed by Christiaan J.A.Jorg, Fine and Curious, Japanese Export Porcelain in Dutch Collections, Amsterdam, 2003, p.225, no. 285 from the Groninger Museum, Groningen, inv. no: 1990-315.

Jorg recounts: 'VOC dishes were probably ordered by the High Government from 1668, when it started to acquire porcelain for Batavia. VOC dishes were used as an early form of in-house corporate promotion at the tables of high-ranking Company employees, at the Factories in Asia, and probably in the officer's cabins aboard ship.'
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Condition In good condition