KOSOMETSUKE – OLD BLUE AND WHITE – TAASA Review December 2014
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...