A Chinese porcelain ko-akai, wucai, square dish, painted in the centre with a crosshatch design of different polychrome grounds including key-fret, cash, tile, scale and chainmail dispersed between iron red flower heads of lotus, prunus and camellia, encircled by a band of butterfly and insects beneath a flat everted rim, painted with crested swirling waves, the chamfered corners with pendent flowers.

Tianqi, 1621-1627.

5 3/8 inches, 13.6 cm diameter.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • A related dish is illustrated by Georg Weishaupt, Chinese Porcelain of the Seventeenth Century for Japan, 47, pp. 84/5.