Pattern book containing many hundreds, if not thousands, of highly complex patterns in brush & various colors of wash for manufacturing luxury Shonzui porcelain ware in Arita. SHONZUI PORCELAIN WARE PATTERN BOOK, XIANG RUI.
Pattern book containing many hundreds, if not thousands, of highly complex patterns in brush & various colors of wash for manufacturing luxury Shonzui porcelain ware in Arita.
Pattern book containing many hundreds, if not thousands, of highly complex patterns in brush & various colors of wash for manufacturing luxury Shonzui porcelain ware in Arita.
Pattern book containing many hundreds, if not thousands, of highly complex patterns in brush & various colors of wash for manufacturing luxury Shonzui porcelain ware in Arita.
Pattern book containing many hundreds, if not thousands, of highly complex patterns in brush & various colors of wash for manufacturing luxury Shonzui porcelain ware in Arita.
Pattern book containing many hundreds, if not thousands, of highly complex patterns in brush & various colors of wash for manufacturing luxury Shonzui porcelain ware in Arita.
Pattern book containing many hundreds, if not thousands, of highly complex patterns in brush & various colors of wash for manufacturing luxury Shonzui porcelain ware in Arita.
Pattern book containing many hundreds, if not thousands, of highly complex patterns in brush & various colors of wash for manufacturing luxury Shonzui porcelain ware in Arita.

Pattern book containing many hundreds, if not thousands, of highly complex patterns in brush & various colors of wash for manufacturing luxury Shonzui porcelain ware in Arita.

47 folding leaves. 8vo (275 x 200 mm.), orig. wrappers (upper wrapper partially defective & renewed), new stitching. Arita: 1866 [from the zodiac signs].

This wonderful and beautiful pattern book seems to have been prepared by the Arita Seito Company, whose name is written on the upper wrapper. We can find nothing about this manufacturer, but it was clearly involved in producing Shonzui porcelains of the greatest complexity and beauty. This pattern book contains hundreds, if not thousands, of patterns for porcelains made in the region surrounding the town of Arita in northwestern Kyushu. One of the most important porcelain styles of Arita was copies using Chinese decoration, primarily in blue and white.

Our manuscript is arranged by period and style of Chinese decoration. The periods are 1537-1620, 1465-87, and 1522-66, followed by a large section of undated patterns. While the colors are primarily various blues against white, the other colors of wash include black, red, brown, green, and yellow. The porcelains include tea and sake drinking utensils, tea ceremony porcelains such as chawan, mizusashi, kogo, chakin zutsu, jikiro, mukozuke, saketsugi, bowls, plates (some with very intricate shapes), trays, koro [incense burner], etc.

In fine condition.

Price: $7,500.00

Item ID: 7045