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A stunning and exceptionally rare 18th / 19th century Jiaqing mark and period Chinese blue and white porcelain footed tea tray, the square form tray of impressive size and set on two high feet with pierced handles, interior of the tray superbly painted in strong tone of underglazed-blue with two figures crossing a bridge in a landscape scene, a long poetic inscription to the upper corner, fruiting branches to each interior side, crosshatched key-fret pattern with landscape cartouches around the exterior rim, each leg decorated with four detached groups flowering sprays, the underside unglazed apart from the center where it bears the reign mark of Jiaqing and of the period.
NOTE : A Chinese Jiaqing mark and period blue and white porcelain tray decorated with similar landscape scene and inscribed with similar poetic inscription by the "Zhulin-zhuren" (Master of the Bamboo Forest) was included in the 'Exhibition of Nineteen Century Mark and Period Porcelain' by S. Marchant and Son, London, where such wares were presumably made for the Japanese market, for their tea ceremony.
DATE : Chinese, Qing Dynasty, mark and period of Jiaqing (1796 – 1820).
MARK : underglazed-blue four-character Jiaqing 'kaishu' mark on base.
SIZE : approximately 5 1/8" (13 cm) high; about 11" (28 cm) square.
CONDITION : in perfect condition; minor glaze wear only. No chips, no cracks, and no repairs.
SHIPPING : Inclusive.