A Ming Porcelain Dish From The Peony Pavilion Collection
A Late Ming Blue and White Porcelain Dish for the Japanese Market, Tianqi Period 1620 – 1627. This late Ming porcelain dish would have been a Kaiseki, a serving for the Japanese Tea Ceremony meal. The design is of a monkey walking towards a deer, a wasp above with a bird in flight and a pine tree to the right. Parts of this design forms the rebus, juelu fenghou, meaning ‘may you receive high rank and emolument’. The elements taken from the design to create the rebus are ; monkey is hou with a deer lu and wasps feng. The entry for these five Ming dishes in the Peony Pavilion Catalogue has a footnote “A related polychrome example is illustrated in Transitional Wares and Their Forerunners, op. cit., p139″. We sold that dish earlier in the year (2020). See the photograph and reference below the ‘photograph gallery’. The polychrome dish was published and exhibited by the Oriental Ceramics Society of Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Museum of Art in 1981 (see References). There were five of these Ming blue and white Kaiseki dishes sold as lot 294 in the Peony Pavilion Sale in 1989, they came with a box for ten dishes. The other five from the set were sold by Christie’s as lot 295. Box Not Included.
- In good condition. Some kiln grit to the front.
- Diameter 14.8 cm (5 3/4 inches)
- Published : The Peony Pavilion Collection ; Chinese Tea Ceramics for Japan (c.1580-1650). Christie`s London 12th June 1989, lot 294. Sold £1,650 (set of 5). From a Private Collection, they purchased this piece as well as many others from the Christie's sale of 1989. I was able to buy the complete group from this private collection.
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- A related polychrome example sold by Robert McPherson Antiques was exhibited in Hong Kong in 1981 see : Transitional Wares and Their Forerunners' (An exhibition presented by the Oriental Ceramics Society of Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Museum of Art in 1981) page 139, colour plate 162.
A Related Ming Porcelain Dish Sold by Robert McPherson Antiques
See 'Sold Archive' stock number 26044.
A Ming Wucai Porcelain Kaiseki Serving Dish, Early Chongzhen Period c.1635. This Transitional Porcelain dish was made for the Japanese market for use in the Tea Ceremony. This sturdy dish is painted in under-glaze cobalt blue with the addition of overglazed red, yellow and green. The design if of a monkey seated on a rocky outcrop below a fruiting peach tree with a deer in front of him and two wasps below a bird in flight. Parts of this design forms the rebus, juelu fenghou, meaning ‘may you receive high rank and emolument’. The elements taken from the design to create the rebus are ; monkey is hou with a deer lu and wasps feng. The peach reprents the wish for long life. This dish is published in ‘Transitional Wares and Their Forerunners’ An exhibition presented by the Oriental Ceramics Society of Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Museum of Art in 1981 (see References).