Kangxi Famille Verte Porcelain Dish in the `Master of the Rocks Style` c.1680 – 1700. Painted with a Scene of Fishermen During Winter. A Small Fishing Boat with Two Fisherman is Near a Large Rocky Outcrop, the Foreground Shows a Small Building with a Straw Roof Sheltered by a Pine Tree. A Pagoda can be Seen Among the Mountainous Landscape of the Background.
In good condition, a small glaze chip to the rim c.4 x 2 mm, see the last photograph, there is a shallow glaze frit of the same length. The Marchant catalogue describes this as having a "hair crack". We have looked again and again but we can not see a crack, the dish rings well when taped. All I can think is that when Marchant catalogued it they might have thought a very fine scratch in the glaze was a crack, as almost everything from the collection was damaged this is a reasonable assumption. We are selling it as being in an un-cracked state, in other words the same condition it was in when we sold it to Professor Laurence.
R & G McPherson Antiques
Purchased by Professor D.R. Laurence 3rd November 2005.
Marchant, London W8.
A Famille Verte dish of this type with a more complex scene from the Butler Family Collection is illustrated in numerous publications including : Seventeenth Century Chinese Porcelain From The Butler Family Collection (Sir Michael Butler, Margaret Medley, Stephen Little, Art Services International,1990) page 74, plate 21, dated to .c.1670-1680. and dated c.1676-1700 in : Seventeenth Century Jingdezhen Porcelain from the Shanghai Museum and the Butler Collection (Shanghi Museum,2006. ISBN 1-85759-417-7) page 280 plate 102.