KOSOMETSUKE – OLD BLUE AND WHITE – TAASA Review December 2014

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This article was originally found in the December 2014 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 23, Issue 4, Page 4).

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Jackie Menzies I n my early days working at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) I enjoyed the conversations I had with the late J.

Hepburn Myrtle, a generous benefactor to the Gallery who was always keen to expound his love for Chinese porcelain.

It was Hepburn who introduced me to a distinct genre of late Ming Chinese porcelain made for the Japanese market and now classified by the Japanese as kosometsuke, `old blue and white’, a term not used at the time, but one that came into use in the early 19th century to designate this distinct class of wares. Mukozuke bowl, c1625-1635, porcelain decorated with underglaze blue, 9.4 x 10.0 cm, AGNSW, Gift of Mr J.H...