A Chinese porcelain wucai, ko-akai plate with flat everted rim painted in the centre with Putai seated on an elaborate rug wearing a yellow and turquoise robe, between two cranes in flight and two lingzhi, underglaze blue and iron red ruyi clouds, encircled by further ruyi heads and clouds, the base with an underglaze blue ring with a mark that reads Tian Xia Tai Ping, “peace under heaven”.

20.8 cm, 8 1/4 inches.

Tianqi/Chongzhen circa 1625-1630.


Japanese gold lacquer small chip repair to rim, muchikui (rim frits).

Provenance & Additional Information

  • The knife-cut brown rim was the answer to the mushikui (earth worm nibbles) during the Tianqi period. This helps with the dating as the dish would date to the end of the Tianqi period into Chongzhen.
  • A similar example is illustrated by Wu Tung in Earth Transformed, Chinese Ceramics in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, pp. 144-5; another from The Butler Family Collection is illustrated in Seventeenth Century Chinese Porcelain: From The Butler Family Collection, no. 25, p.63.