Delicate, colorful, well painted and potted saucer with a food peddler, two women of the house and a child.
Thinly potted porcelain saucer with a high cavetto and central medallion, shallow cut unglazed foot ring and glazed base. The edge is painted with flowers and butterflies. The central medallion shows a bucolic lake and mountain view. There is a house with ladies purchasing foodstuffs from a peddler with a pole that he is using to carry steam tiered baskets. A child looks on and is attentive to the food and the pet dog lies in the entrance.
The glaze is thin with a second firing of over glaze enamels in rose, red, yellow, brown, blue, green, brown, and gray. Black has been used to accent and outline. Gold has been used to add richness.
There are no porcelain marks on the base.
6 1/8” (15.6 cm) diameter x 1 ¼” (3.2 cm) tall Weighs 5.8 oz (160 g)
There is one larger rim chip which can barely be seen from the front and a smaller nick. There is a hairline crack running perpendicular from the rim. There are no breaks and it rings like a bell. There are kiln flaws like dimples. There are some rust marks on the back from an old metal plate hanger. There is slight wear on the central medallion, but the glazes still look fresh and bright.
An old picture of daily life in China with very minute painting. The lines are so perfect. They were so practiced and professional. Amazing!