Dimensions: 15.5cm diameter
– Purchased from Littleton & Hennessy Asian Art, November 2005
– A private English collection
– Littleton & Hennessy Asian Art, ‘Exhibition of QingPorcelain’, Asian Art in London 2005, no. 4, p. 8
The deep dish painted to the centre with a boy seated on a flowering lotus (‘lianshengguizi tu’), holding a leaf parasol, a flower and wave band to the rim.The base painted with a six character mark translating to ‘elegantly made of excellent jade and good friends’.
This footed dish is closely related to dishes executed in a similar reverse technique with a central scene set amongst scrolling foliage and a similar floral band around the rim, produced in the Transitional and early Kangxi period. Compare a deep circular dish, painted with a boy holding a branch of peony flowers, published by S. Marchant & Son, ‘Exhibition of Transitional Wares for the Japanese and Domestic Markets’, 1989, no. 51, p. 37.