£100 - $160
An unusual very heavy and coarsely potted Imari shallow dish of gong shape form decorated with a central motif of a Kirin within an arabesque of foliage surrounded by a diaper band. The rim decorated with roundels, marumon, and wreath shaped medallions in underglaze blue with enamel details. The dish is further decorated with gambolling shishi with cash symbols in enamels.The reverse is similarly decorated as the interior. A six character nien hao for the Chinese Ming Emperor Jiajing
The body of the porcelain is quite coarse and the glaze is very heavy and thick, and is something at odds as regards quality with the fineness and execution of the under-glaze blue painting. The foot-ring is quite coarsely cut. The bowl is something of a conundrum, as regards dating and origin. It could be late 18th or early 19th century, but is no later than the Meji period.
The dish measures 21cm in diameter and is 6cm high. It is in good condition with no cracks, chips or restoration, some ware to the gilding. Shipping at Cost