A superb example, in wonderful condition, of a 17th century Japanese Arita blue and white charger decorated with a design of phoenixes amongst branches of peaches and peony, centered with a roundel displaying the VOC emblem of the Dutch East India Company, the rim with alternating panels of stylized peony, prunus and bamboo in the kraakware style. It is hard to underestimate the power, wealth and influence of this far-reaching corporation that propelled the Netherlands into being a world financial superpower in the 17th century. Chargers such as these were most likely ordered for use by VOC officials while administering their empire in the Far East. This 12″ example in excellent condition. Late 17th century.