A Chinese blue and white charger, late Ming, late 16th Century.

The charger is of barbed form, the centre decorated with a wavy polygonal reserve painted with Taoist subjects, a shrine among waves, a pair of cranes and pine and maple trees within a complex diaper, or brocade, frame.

The cavetto and flanged rim well are painted with petalled reserves enclosing Buddhist utensils, or flowers separated by rectangular panels of tasselled ornaments and artemisia.

The underside has eight casually drawn compartments encircling an unglazed, slightly domed base and an undercut foot spattered with kiln grit, 51cm diameter.


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