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.
Selected Chinese Porcelain From the Collection of Professor D.R. Laurence (Marchant, 120 Kensington Church Street, London W8) pages 22 and 23, item 13.
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.