Rare shape, nice deep blue color and large size show off this Chinese export porcelain. The painting on the platter shows where willowware design came from.
Large ovoid shaped porcelain platter with a molded design of channels running into a deep well to allow the meat juices to collect and drain from the meat. The rim on the platter slants too to aid with draining. The hand painted scene on the front of the platter is of a lake scene with houses, pagodas, boats, willows and a bridge in the foreground. The rim is painted with a scalloped edge and a solid blue band with a cross hatch design. This same band repeats above the well and central painted scene. The cobalt color is a nice dark almost smoky blue. The platter has a nice shine. The glaze is thick and shows firing imperfections such as pin holes, black dots, and the white glaze has a bluish tinge. The glaze feels thick, unctuous, and smooth.
The piece is heavily molded and has a nice weight to it. The foot ring which is unglazed. There are two supports rising from the base. The bases of these are also unglazed. The base is glazed.
There are no porcelain marks or labels.
14 ¼” (36.2 cm) long x 11 ½” (29.3 cm) wide x 2 3/8” (6 cm) tall. Weighs 4 lb 3.1 oz (1.9 kg)
There is slight wear in the form of little scratches on the central scene. There is a small glaze loss to what looks like a chip on the large pagoda to the right. There are no rim chips, cracks or breaks. The platter rings like a bell. There are kiln flaw explosions, bumps, black dots and pin holes. The platter sits flat on a table and isn’t warped. It shows off well.
This rare piece will add to your blue and white display and makes a visual statement on a stand or in a cabinet.