A large deep Japanese porcelain dish made at Arita in the mid-eighteenth century.
The dish is square with indented corners, the walls with moulded foliage separated by panels of blue scrolling foliage. The centre of the dish features a fine animated phoenix perched on an eccentric rock. The back of the dish is decorated with what looks to be sea-monsters amongst flowing seaweed. Who knows? Within the foot-rim is an apocryphal six-character Ming Chenghua mark
The Victoria & Albert Museum has an example of identical form but with a dragon centre, FE.29-2006, dated to 1730~1770. The Shibata collection also has an example, smaller with karakusa on the back, dated a little earlier. Nr. 3054.
Across the diagonal the dish is 33.3 cm, 7.5 cm high. One corner has a small conchoidal glaze line, this is probably caused by a knock to the edge.
The stand is not included in the sale.
Please study the photographs.
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