A Chinese porcelain blue and white and underglaze copper-red saucer dish, thinly potted with gently flared rim, painted in the centre with Damo seated on his long bamboo staff with his hands and legs tucked under his robes, beside his fly whisk, his head tilted down in contemplation, the edges of his robe, staff and fly whisk heightened in underglaze copper-red, all on a rich powder blue ground, the underside with two long branches of bamboo, the base with a lozenge mark within a double ring.
8 1/8 inches, 20.6 cm diameter.
Provenance & Additional Information
• From a Scottish private collection.
• Dishes of this subject matter are very rare.
• A similar saucer dish, possibly from the same set painted with Budai is illustrated by Wang Qingzheng in Kangxi Porcelain Wares from the Shanghai Museum Collection, no. 82, pp. 120/1.
• Other saucer dishes and plates painted with individual figures are well-known. One with a lady standing beside a table and another with a wandering monk possibly one of the fighting monks from The Water Margin, Shui Hu Zhuan, who also had a long staff and fly whisk, are both illustrated by Christiaan J. A. Jorg in Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, nos. 130 & 132, pp. 126-128, the wandering monk is also an enlargement on the front cover.
One small chip and three small rim nibbles on the underside of the rim.