Chinese porcelain blue and white and underglaze copper red kosometsuke plate, painted with four fishermen in their boats amongst four copper-red fish in a river landscape scene with birds in flight beneath a large willow tree, the underside with stylised pearls.

8 inches, 20.5 cm diameter.

Tianqi, 1620-27.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • From a Japanese private collection.
  • A smaller related dish from a private collection is illustrated by Julia B. Curtis in Trade, Taste and Transformation, China Institute New York, 2006, no. 73, p. 94; a set of five smaller related dishes were included by Christie’s London in their auction ofThe Peony Pavilion Collection: Chinese Tea Ceramics for Japan, (1680-1650), 12th June 1989, no. 330, p. 85; two other smaller related examples were included by Marchant in their exhibition of Ming Porcelain for the Japanese Market, Kosometsuke & Ko-akai, 2008, nos. 49a and 49b, p. 93.
  • Dishes of this type are rare and are particularly charming with no border.