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Chinese Ko Sometsuke “Shonzui” tray Dish Ming

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Porcelain: Pre 1700: Item # 1225000

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A rare shonzui style deep serving dish of typical form with raised rim with an irregular scalloped rim made specifically for the Japanese market and the kaiseki meal, The centre decorated with a fisherman beneath a large pine tree. The border decorated with Shonsui style diaper patterns painted in reverse style, with bamboo and prunus completing the Three Friends of Winter motif. The reverse decorated with a Lotus scroll and a six character nien hao for the Emperor Chenghua. The dish probably dates to the late Tianqi to Chongzhen periods circa 1630 to 1640. The design can perhaps be described as transitional between the more austere naively decorated Ko Sometsuke porcelain of the Tianqi and the "full blown" densely patterned Shonsui wares of the Chongzhen period. The basic schema of the this particular design appears to have been highly influential on Arita porcelain of the mid to late 18th century. See “The Peony Pavillions Collection” lots 219 to 222 for dishes of this form. The dish measures 20.2cm or approximately 8 inches in diameter and 33mm high. The dish is in good condition with just some expected mushikui frits to the brown glazed rim and chattering within the foot-ring.