This is a massive, rectangular Imari tray with foliate rim executed in
various shades of the traditional Imari palette. Elaborate cartouches
along the rim show scenes of lush vegetation in brilliant iron red and
gilt, all on a blue diamond-patterned ground. Iron red brocading
frames a quiet scene
of Chinese sages gathered under a gnarled pine engaged in studious pursuits.
Clad in long flowing robes, the sages contemplate the tree's pine needles (symbolic of longevity), and gather to listen to their colleague recite the writings on a scroll. The scene is rendered in soft pastel hues
with exquisite gilt detailing.
This rare Imari tray is in excellent condition with no problems.
Length: 20", width: 17"
19th Century, Japan