A Late Ming Porcelain Quatrefoil Mukozuke Serving Dish for the Japanese Market, Transitional, Chongzhen Period 1628-1644. Decorated in Polychrome Enamel with a Boating Scene Depicting the Story of the Hermit Lin Wasai. The Base with a Large Underglaze Blue Two Character Seal-Mark Tian Guang (heavenly brilliance).
A minute crack to the rim c.4mm.
Length : 17.8 cm (7 inches)
For a set of five late Ming porcelain dishes of this design see : The Peony Pavilion Collection ; Chinese Tea Ceramics for Japan (c.1580-1650). Christie`s London 12th June 1989, lot 358.
Another Ming porcelain dish of this design is illustrated in : Chinese Porcelain, The Transitional Period, A Selection from the Michael Butler Collection (Michael Butler, Princessehof Museum, 1986. ISBN 90-71588-02-5) page 37, item 30.
Three more late Ming dynasty porcelain dishes of this design are in : Exhibition of Transitional Wares for the Japanese and Domestic Markets, S.Marchant & Son, 11th - 30th June 1989, page 48, plates 75, 76 and 77.
Lin Wasei :
The Song Dynasty Hermit and Sage Lin Wasai lived beside the Western Lake of Bulin. He had no family or wife, but became known as `Plum wife and crane child` from the two amiable eccentricities ; a fondness for floating about the lake to view plum blossom in early spring (he planted many trees for their blossom), and his habit of releasing two tame cranes to dance for visiting guests (information from the catalogue of The Peony Pavilion Collection ; Chinese Tea Ceramics for Japan (c.1580-1650). Christie`s London 12th June 1989 .