Large Swatow deep circular dish painted in turquoise, black and iron-red enamel with gently everted rim, painted in the centre with the eight trigrams surrounding a yin yang symbol with a night scene of fishing boats above waves, beside mountains and pavilions, all beneath the stars and the moon within iron-red rings, the cavetto painted with crabs, shrimp, fish, lotus leaves, flowers and aquatic plants, beneath a further narrow border with branches of bamboo and stylised flowers, the underside plain, the foot rim with sand grit.
Pinghe County, Zhangzhou prefecture, Fujian province.
Ming dynasty, circa 1600.
• Formerly in an Japanese collection.
• No other dishes with this combined design appear to be recorded.
• A large dish with crabs and fish on the border encircling phoenix birds and flowers with a central double crane is illustrated by Yoneyama Torataro in The Seikado Bunko Art Museum catalogue of Swatow Wares of the Seikado Collection, no. 47, p. 51, and another with a fish and crab border encircling phoenix birds and flowers with a central landscape medallion is illustrated by Ryoichi Fujioka and Hasuji Hasebe in Sekei Toji Zenshu, Ceramic Art of The World, Volume 14, Ming Dynasty, no. 247, p. 240.