English Wedgwood Aesthetic Movement Japanesque Plate II

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English Wedgwood Aesthetic Movement Japanesque Queensware Plate transfer-printed in sepia, and hand-painted in polychrome enamels, with the image of a woman in a blue kimono seated and playing an instrument on a black and white floor, the rim decorated with prunus branches.

Inspired by Ukiyo-e prints of the 1850s and 1860s, the central image closely follows a woodblock print by Utagawa Kunisda (1786-1865). The details of the imagery even include a red band with facsimile signature on it. Bijin-ga, known as the "beautiful women" prints were as popular as the Yakusha-e prints, which feature male actors in costume. 

I first offered plates from this pattern in Exotica, Winter, 2003, Volume VI, No. 1, page number 7. Since then, I have sold several plates of this pattern into museum and important private collections. I have a few objects in this pattern in stock, please check the website for more. 

Impressed to underside with WEDGWOOD and with pattern 9417.  

1 1/8" H. x 9 1/4" Diam.

Dated 1872.

Condition: Minor wear to enamels and some crazing to glaze near rim.