An intriguing six panelled moulded saucer dish with the “two oxen on a bridge” pattern. The cavetto decorated with three lobed panels of a figure with a curious trilobite hat in an uncomfortable raised right armed pose alternating with three further panels’ containing arrangements of crescents and flowers, whether these are intended to be Persian or Dutch flowers, I am not sure The figure has some physical similarity with the figures in the Deshima series, but is probably based on Chinese Kraak designs that show Chinese gentlemen “junzhi” relaxing in peasant style by tilling, fishing, collecting firewood and reading. This would account for the pose of the figure which would be completed by a missing rod, pole, or hoe. See Rinaldi pp 112-3 and the illustrations there for dishes employing a similar border pattern. The dish dates to around 1680.
The reverse decorated with a simplified panelled reverse and a six character mark for the Chinese Emperor Cheng Hua. The dish measures 18cm in diameter and is in good condition but for an old crack to the rim visible on the front of the dish at approximately 4 o’clock. Shipping at Cost.