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Ko Imari Ryu-mon Kraak Moulded Yongzheng Dish

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A rather curious dish of moulded Kraak form decorated with a partially obscured Chinese four toed Dragon painted in underglaze cobalt blue with gilt outlined enamelled auspicious clouds framed by a band of stylised Chrysanthemum demi-florets. The reverse decorated with further stylised clouds and a six character mark for the Emperor Yongzheng. An identical dish appears in the Shibata collection dated circa 1750-80, although I think the dish may well be more or less contemporary with the reign mark circa 1730-50. The design is unusual and is clearly not a copy of a contemporary Chinese piece, but a revival of a moulded design that Rinaldi classifies as Border I and dates to the late Wanli period c.1575-1625, see plate 45 for a very similar Chinese dish dated 1575-60. Clearly the anachronistic Yongzheng nien hao is intended to add cache to the piece, but the design conformed to contemporary Japanese taste for designs of the Ming period. The dish measures 21.5cm or 8.5 inches in diameter and stands high at the rim. There is a small filled chip to the rim see picture no 6, but is otherwise in good condition. Shipping at cost.