An intriguing and rare dish that borrows its overall arrangement from a Chinese export Kangxi precedent, but given a distinctly Japanese twist. It is a parody on the theme of the Four Gentlemanly or scholarly accomplishments, Kinkishoga or Siyi, calligraphy, painting, reading poetry and playing music, mitate-e. Here the scholars are replaced by Bijin, elegant ladies at leisure, set in a large Garden arranged in a continuous frieze that is adapted from a Chinese export plate of the Kangxi period.
In the centre of the dish is a botan-mon, a symbol of a life of ease. The reverse of the dish faithfully copies the reverse of the Chinese Kangxi original, both in style and content, with a series of seasonal flowers. A repeat of the botan mon, but in pencilled senbeki style, hides the set of five spur marks.
A pair of these were offered at auction by Christies last year where they were dated to the early 18th century. Dating late Mid Edo probably Kyoho to Horeki. The plate measures 26cm in diameter and is in good condition with no cracks, chips or restoration. Shipping at Cost.