Let’s look at this pair of sometsuke (underglaze blue) plates of Arita ware.? Arita ware originated at the beginning of the Edo period (1603 – 1868). Until that time, no ceramics had been produced in Japan, only pottery. Arita ware is often referred to as “Imari ware” after the name of the port from which they were shipped domestically and overseas.
These two plates, which depict leaves floating in waves, are early pieces (mid.17th century) of Arita ware produced when Japanese artisans were still learning and mastering the craft from the Korean ceramicists. Though they lack the almost fastidious perfection and maturity of the later pieces, they express the vigor and energy of an artisan who has encountered a wonderful new media. I am always struck by this energy so often present in the earliest examples of an art genre. These plates represent the beginning of the Arita ware. We could say that they are from the Kouros period, as opposed to the Hellenistic period of Arita ware with which we are too familiar.
How about laying on them two slices of persimmon for dessert after a decadently delicious and beautiful French dinner for two?