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Ming Transitional blue and white saucer dish

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Category
Period
Reference
5658
Diameter
20 cm (7 3/4")
Tianqi Chinese 17th century blue and white Ko-sometsuke porcelain saucer plate. This porcelain late Ming blue and white dish was made for the Japanese market, Ko-sometsuke meaning old blue and white, and was made to appeal to the Japanese aesthetics so was made to appear old with imperfections.

Painted very much in the Japanese style showing six alternating panels radiating out from a peony head. The painted panels showing the three friends of winter, prunus, bamboo and pine. The undecorated panels are delicately incised with an anhua repeating flowers and foliage.

The underside is painted with fruiting fruit peach sprays.

An unusual design and more formal than many of this type but definitely shows the influence of both cultures.

Sand in the glaze is seen in the design around the peony this is one of the favourite imperfections that were used.

Diameter
20 cm (7 3/4")
Year
1621 - 1627
Medium
Porcelain
Country
China
Condition
Overall perfect except for the deliberately introduced firing flaws ie the kiln grit