An exceptionally fine five colour early Imari flat dish with everted rim. The dish is painted with an arrangement of Chrysanthemums displayed in a larger censer upon a low table or wood stand within a border of stylised scrolls and flowers. A popular motif known in Japan as the flower basket design, hanakago-de, and referred to as the Flower Pot pattern in Europe. It appears to have been originally derived from the flower basket of the Immortal Lan Cai. The rim is decorated with a blue brocade ground inset with four Iris motifs and four reserves containing a sansui conventionalised Landscape scene containing a bridge, houses and a hermit’s refuge (tea house), kaoku teien-zu, a house and garden picture. The alternate panels each containing a gnarled Pine tree with a vine growing around it. The dish dates to the period c.1700-1720.
The reverse is decorated with sprigs, a further band of Peach blossom in a vine form arabesque, and a six character Chenghua reign mark within the footring. The dish is in very good condition, no cracks, chips or restoration 12.25 inches (31cm) in diameter. Shipping at Cost.