Imari porcelain charger measuring 15 3/4" diameter dating from the late 19th to early 20th century. This charger is decorated in an unusual free-form pattern of underglaze blue geometric, floral, and phoenix bird patterns with overglaze polychrome and gilt highlights. Two white floral areas in the center are raised in slight "moriage" relief (see enlargement 4), giving the charger a rich texture. The underglaze blue decoration on the back surrounds a six-character apocryphal mark of the Chinese Ming Dynasty Chenghua reign period. Japanese porcelains of the Meiji Period were frequently marked with spurious Chinese Ming reign marks as a token of respect. The gilt at the outer rim is rubbed but the charger is otherwise in excellent condition.