|Aesthetic Period Transferware|
E. F. Bodley's "Japanese" pattern fills the plate surface with large-scaled Asian objects...
E. F. Bodley's "Japanese" pattern fills the plate surface with large-scaled Asian objects and motifs executed in unusual deep red/orange printing and filled out with enameling in similar tones. The result is monochrome compositions of a hue that must have stood out strikingly in the retailer's shops.
Here we are presented with a tightly composed still life of Japanese objects. The curved profile of a double gourd-shaped vessel contrasts the rod-like forms of two rolled scrolls, against the free form outlines of a floral and foliage spray. The decoration on the vessel adds interest and complexity by creating a picture within a picture effect: hovering sparrows on the upper globe; swimming ducks and iris below.
As with the entire "Japanese" pattern, images are drawn with a clear distinct line that compliments their assertive scale. A simple orange and gilt line defines the edge without adding the fussiness of a more elaborate border.
|Dimensions:||Diameter 9 in.|
Still life clusters of exotic Asian objects--sometimes designated by names like "Oriental...
Still life clusters of exotic Asian objects--sometimes designated by names like "Oriental Treasures"-- have a long history in British ceramic decoration stretching back to the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century interest in Chinoiserie. Our example from the Aesthetic Movement differs in the size and prominence of the motif. Earlier groupings tended to be small-scale, secondary elements in more elaborately composed patterns. Bodley's "Japanese" enlarges the object group boldly, making it the single against an empty ground.
E.F. Bodley's "Japanese" pattern presents a series of what would have been termed "artistic" arrangements of Japanese elements. In addition to this plate, Seekers currently offers two other variants, each executed in vibrant orange/red against creamy ivory.