Chinese porcelain blue and white kosometsuke deep dish painted in the centre with a scholar crossing a bridge in a river landscape scene beside willow and overhanging rockwork beneath stylised clouds, encircled by moulded registers of lotus petals and large petals with stylised plum flowerheads dispersed between petals of wan characters, the underside with four registers of lotus petals, the base with a double ring in underglaze blue.

8 ½ inches, 21.5 cm diameter.

Tianqi, 1621-1627.


Small rim frits, mushikui.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Included by T. Edo Inouye and Son in their 22nd anniversary exhibition of Collected and Selected Seventy-Seven Dishes from the Late Ming Dynasty, no. 53 and on the introduction page.
  • Purchased from Sasazu Kakai, July 2016.
  • A similar dish in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, gift of Roy Leventritt, was included by Julia B. Curtis in the 2006 China Institute Gallery exhibition, New York, Trade, Taste and Transformation, Jingdezhen Porcelain for Japan, 1620-1645, no. 84, pp. 103/4; a related dish, in the Tokyo National Museum, is illustrated in Kosometsuke, vol. 15, no. 49.
  • This dish is inspired by the form of a Wanli imperial dish, one in the Shanghai Museum is illustrated by Wang Qingzheng in Underglaze Blue and Red, no. 101; another formerly in the collection of J.P. Morgan was included by Marchant in their exhibition of Ming Porcelain, 2009, no. 35, pp. 82/3.