The rectangular dish is modelled with straight walls rising from a flat well. Each side is decorated in the centre in underglaze blue with a diamond motif flanked with ribbons in overglaze red enamels. The interior is halved with a red diagonal zig-zag line, one half is decorated in underglaze blue with a prunus branch extending from the lower corner, filled in with an overglaze green enamel, the prunus flowers are in a light overglaze red enamels. The other half is decorated with an overglaze yellow-brownish enamel. Made for the Japanese market and aptly suited to be used in the Japanese tea ceremony.
Set Of Five Polychrome-Enamelled Blue And White Rectangular Dish
Late Ming Dynasty, Tianqi Period (1620 – 1627).
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, China.
W: 12.3cm H:3.4cm
Provenance: Japanese Collection