Japanese Imari Saucer Dish, C.1720
Japanese imari saucer dish, c.1720, decorated in the centre with a bird perched on rockwork, with a river and pine tree, the border with chrysanthemums and other flowers, with lobed panels containing phoenixes, the reverse decorated with scrolling peonies,
23.5cm, 9 1/4in.;
some wear to enamels, two chips to rim.
This design was closely copied by the Meissen factory. For a similar dish and further details see Ayers, Impey & Mallet, 'Porcelain for Palaces: the Fashion for Japan in Europe', the Oriental Ceramic Society (1990), p. 224. See also, Jorg, Christian, ‘Fine and Curious: Japanese Export Porcelain in Dutch Collections’, no. 128, p. 118.