This small but fine underglaze blue and white porcelain dish is a fine example of Jiajing-Wanli period piece. Six shoutao (peaches, symbolizing long life) hang amid the foliage with a bird perched on one of the branches of the tree. As the market expanded for blue and white ware in the sixteenth century the mark “Fuguijiaqi” was widely used; it means “beautiful vessel for the rich and honourable.” (See gotheborg.com)
Provenance: This dish comes from the mysterious Hilltop Burial sites in North-western Thailand, where thousands of pieces of Ming Chinese porcelain were found in the 1980s and ‘90s (see more about these burials on our blog - link). It was purchased from a well-known Thai collector in Chinag Mai in 1998.
Size: dia: 13.1 cm, h: 2.9 cm
Condition: Very good, some light scratches to the interior and slight wear at the rim.