A nice quality Ko Imari bowl decorated with three ogee shaped niches containing a stylised Lotus motif against an iron red ground inset against a diaper brocade ground over painted in light gilt with a figure of a Daoist immortal carrying a pine bough over his or her shoulder. The conventionalised pose of the figure is similar to He Xiangu, who carries a Lotus in a similar manner; the only female member of the Baxian. The bowl is further decorated with a band of scrolling kara kusa, incorporating a lingzhi fungus motif, and a zig zag border in iron red to its foot. A stylised lotus motif to the interior of the foot-ring.
The bowl measures 11.5cm in diameter, and stands 7.5cm high. Good condition no cracks, chips or restoration. See no 239 at page 225 of "Porcelain for Palaces" for an identical bowl. This particular bowl and pattern was copied at the Derby Factory.