Dish with panelled border, Japan

Dish with panelled border, Japan

Dish with panelled border
Japan, Arita kilns
1660-80
Porcelain, painted before glazing
Museum no. 1724-1876

Dishes with panelled borders were mass-produced in China for export to the Middle East and Europe from 1570 onwards. The trade was conducted at first by Portuguese and then by Dutch merchants, who called them 'Kraak porcelain'.

After the Ming dynasty fell in 1644, Chinese production collapsed and the Dutch turned to the Arita kilns of Japan for substitutes. The muted blue of the larger, heavier Arita wares is caused by impurities in the cobalt.