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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 are monochrome compositions of a hue that must have stood out strikingly in the retailer's shops.
In this example Bodley presents an Asian style depiction of pond life with bamboo stalks providing the vertical element, balanced by the pond surface with lotus blossoms. Swallows add a hint of motion. The scene is framed by a fine line that defines a rectangular field, lobed at the top and bottom. The perimeter of the frame is flanked by different blossoms and foliage and loops of a strange--to Western eyes at least--string of disc shaped beads.
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.|
One Japanese compositional strategy that fascinated European designers was the inclusion o...
One Japanese compositional strategy that fascinated European designers was the inclusion of framed pictures as one element of a larger decorative scheme--a device most often observed in lacquer work. Notice how the surrounding blossoms overlap the frame line on the right, signalling that the center scene is a flat picture, not a window onto the real world of nature. Bodley was not alone in picking up this trick--Wedgwood's "Edinburg"pattern immediately comes to mind.
E.F. Bodley's "Japanese" pattern presents a series of what would have been termed "artistic" arrangements of Japanese elements. Seekers currently offers three variants, each executed in vibrant orange/red against a creamy ivory.