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Chinese Transitional porcelain blue and white small plate

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Category
Period
Reference
5600
Diameter
15 cm (5 1/1")
17th century late Ming ko-sometsuke blue and white Chinese porcelain plate made during the reign of the Tianqi the last of the Ming Emperors. Made at the kilns of Jingdezhen as an export piece to Japan (Ko-sometsuke).

Unusual decoration, the painting shows a hill top fortress and pagoda being approached by a figure riding a donkey or mule with a follower or attendant, with mountains to the distance and a sun. The cavetto of the small plate painted with a loose scrolling lotus design. The underside wit four quickly painted flower heads.

Donkeys are not common of Chinese pieces but for a similar painting see plate number 75 in Trade Taste and Transformations, Jingdezhen porcelain for Japan 1620-1645.

The painting is typical of the type and is quickly drawn and infilled with three different depths of blue.
Diameter
15 cm (5 1/1")
Year
1620 - 1630
Medium
porcelain
Country
China
Literature
see plate number 75 in Trade Taste and Transformations, Jingdezhen porcelain for Japan 1620-1645
Condition
A few minor frits to the rim