A Japanese Blue and White 'V.O.C' Charger
Edo period (1615–1868)
Underglaze blue (Arita ware)
This porcelain dish is decorated with the Dutch East India Co. monogram V.O.C (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie). Only the Dutch were allowed to trade with Japan for the majority of the Edo Period (1615–1868).
They were restrcited to a small island in the South-West called Deshima, which is off the coast of Nagasaki. It is here they were able purchase the highly prized Japanese porcelain.
This dish has a white background decorated ornately in underglaze blue, with a paneled border around the rim. This is typical of the type of export ware known as kraak, which originated in China and was imitated by potters in Japan at the request of the Dutch.