The region included the kilns at Okawachi, near Arita, where an unusually high-quality porcelain was made in the 17th century, much of it for use by the family.
Unlike many of the pieces made in Arita that were exported, the Nabeshima designs drew on Japanese rather than Chinese traditions (especially those of textile design) and are often marked by a free use of empty space.
This c.1680 dish decorated in iron red, blue, yellow and green with hydrangea blooms on a comb pattern is for sale as part of the James and Christine Heusinger collection at Neue Auctions on September 30. Bought from London dealership Grace Tsumugi Fine Art, it has a guide of $5000-8000.
The Heusingers collected Japanese art for many years and in 2022 donated a comprehensive collection of works by the Kyoto studio of Seifu Yohei to the Cleveland Museum of Art.
A total of 326 lots come for sale at Neue in Ohio including lacquerware, porcelain, bronze, silver, enamel, netsuke, inro, sculpture, paintings and works on paper.