A pair of chrysanthemum-shaped saucer dishes, Japanese, late 17th Century.

The dishes, which are 25.8cm in diameter, are crisply moulded with thirty two lobes, the rims slightly bevelled, and the fine white bodies are decorated in the Kakiemon palette. In the centre a bird perches on an abstract foliate scroll, in the cavetto a beribboned spray of miniature blooming chrysanthemum is balanced on the opposite side by a single karashishi; the design completed by a small flower spray and a butterfly. In Europe the design is known as ‘the lion, sprig and butterfly pattern’.

REFERENCE: CER0079

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