Plate, late 18th century
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Imari, a Japanese or pseudo-Japanese style of ornament whose strong palette of colors included underglaze blue and overglaze orange (often called "iron red"), sometimes with gilding, was a popular element of porcelains imported from both China and Japan by the trading companies of the 18th century. The rim of the plate is enclosed with blue bands and stylized flowers; the interior of the base has a design of an oriental garden, with a section of fence, a tree peony and bamboo. The painter's mark on the underside of the rim, according to the museum records, is a blue plant form and dots.
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