Chinese ‘Imari’ large saucer dish, c. 1720.
Chinese ‘Imari’, large saucer dish, c. 1720. Kangxi Period. Whilst we are all fully aware of the Chinese interpretations of the Japanese Imari style of decoration on porcelain, this example is unusual in that, it is a meticulously faithful version of an Arita original of the late 17th/early 18th Century.
Painted to the centre with a jardiniere containing flowering plants. The border with shaped panels, containing a Shishi amongst plants, and further flowering trees.
All upon an underglaze blue ground, with dense gilt floral scroll, and flowerheads in iron red and gilt.
Three stylised sprigs of flowering branches, surround the burnt orange footrim to the reverse.
Diameter – 25.7 cm, 10”.
Condition: Very minor wear to the gilding - commensurate with the age of the dish. No damage. No restoration.