Rare and nicely decorated dish. Ca 1570-1600. Truly nice cobalt blue color and in very good condition.
This blue and white dates to around 1580 the plate shows two deer in the centre searching for the sacred mushroom. The Lingzhi Fungus growing under a pine tree. The border rim shows ducks, tree branches and flowers. The plate was most likely made for domestic use in china or export to Japan, later on this scene became very popular on porcelain exported to Europe. Porcelain known as Kraak ware. This is an early example of such a Kraak plate.
Very similar plates are pictured in;
Kraak Porcelain - A Moment in the History of Trade Dec 1, 1989, by Maura Rinaldi, page 78-79 (see photos)
Overall Condition A (Good). Very Good, close to perfect, only the rim point have some rough edges. 1 firing flaw in central plate and base.
16th century Ming (1368 - 1620)
The graceful and beautiful deer is not included in the Chinese zodiac but does feature in paintings. It symbolizes longevity and riches as deer were believed to live to a great age. Lù means ‘good fortune’ and ‘government salary’, and lù is also another word for ‘precious jade’. The god of longevity is often shown accompanied by deer; it was reputed to be able to locate the herbs of immortality.
Source: Stallard, R. Chinasage: All about China. Retrieved from the Chinasage website."
- Ca 1570-1600
- Blau und weiß
- Titel des Kunstwerks
- Ming/Transitional Deer Lingzhi Fungus
- Sehr guter Zustand, siehe Beschreibung
- 35×201×201 mm