Hizen ware, Nabeshima type porcelain dish with court carriage under a cherry tree. This plate was possibly part of a set from which one is known to be in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (#93.3.16). It can be dated to 1770-1800 and was originally owned by Captain Frank Brinkley, Tokyo. The set was sold to Charles Stewart Smith in New York who donated one piece in 1893 to the MET.
Nabeshima ware is a high-quality porcelain from Hizen. It was produced by the similar-named Nabeshima clan in Okawachi near Arita between 1700 and late 19th c., either for their own use or as precious presents. The dish is of exceptional quality with fine brush details in the cobalt blue underglaze painting. There is an old Japanese gold lacquer repair to a glaze chip at the rim, otherwise in perfect condition.