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Ko Imari Shou Lao and the Eight Immortals Plate 18C

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1800: Item # 1224513

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A rather striking Chinese derived pattern of Shou Lao and the Eight Immortals painted in a wucai, five colour, palette. The central mikomi painted with an amalgam of a Feiyu, Flying fish dragon, and a conventional dragon, rather than a true Feiyu, which would have had a pair of fins and fish tail rather than legs and conventional tail of this example. The border pattern is composed of auspicious cloud and sacred fungus motifs linked by a Karakusa arabesque. Very similar patterns were produced for the Chinese Imperial Court in the Wanli period. The shape of the dish would suggest that this was made for the European market rather than for home consumption. Dating circa 1730-50 or possibly earlier. The edge of the dish is unusually finished with a dark red enamel in imitation of a “lip rouge” border, iron brown glaze, and the reverse is decorated with three cursive looped motifs. There is a six character Chenghua mark and four spur marks in a Y shaped formation to the centre of the foot-ring. The dish is in good condition with no cracks, chips or restoration. It measures 22cm or just over 8.5 inches in diameter and is 3.5cm high to the rim. See also EW 2339 for a dish with identical pattern. A comparison of the porcelain would suggest that these dishes are contemporary and from the same kiln. All have English provenance. Shipping at Cost.