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Transitional wucai quatrefoil porcelain dish - late Ming

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Reference
4928
Height
12 cm (4 3/4")
This dates from the reign of Tianqi, a late Ming Emperor, 1621-1627. This form of Ming Polychrome ware is known as Ko-sometsuke. Made at the Imperial kilns of Jingdezhen

This is an excellent example of this type of ware that was made for the Japanese market for the tea ceremony. Quatrefoil dishes like this were in the middle of the tray for the light snack that was eaten. The piece is thickly potted with very good quality decoration showing 2 figures in a boat with birds overhead and a tree with rockwork on the river bank. There is good attention to detail which is a sign of good quality Ming Polychrome ware. The underside has a square seal mark which translates as da tang Great hall. Ming poly chrome is well collected.
Height
12 cm (4 3/4")
Year
1621 - 1627
Medium
Porcelain
Country
China
Literature
For more detail about Ko-sometsuke see TRADE TASTE AND TRANSFORMATION: Jingdezhen porcelain for Japan by Julia B Curtis
Condition
Perfect