Jingdezhen Porcelain Red Painting Small Dish With Phenix Design | China, 17C¥38,000 JPY
An Akae ware (red painting) small dish that made in the early Qing dynasty to the late Ming dynasty period. It is shown that the shavings and the adhesion of sand on the base are so-called “Nanjing Akae” that were fired in the Jingdezhen private kiln. The sketch is drawn with smalt, so that it is highly presumed a work of the Tenkei to Chongzhen years (1621-1644), but it is still speculation.
In the surface, a phoenix, multiple gemstones, and two dragons surrounding it are freely drawn. Originally a symbol of authority, the motif of the devine beasts seem to have lost its authority and become a mere characters as if in response to the decline of the Ming dynasty. In fact, Jingdezhen’s private works at that time were roughly drawn. This might be a kind of caricature.
Since this kind of works were exported only to Japan at that time, it is unlikely to be seen outside of Japan. It is still prized for its versatility and lightness in painting, and the market price is quite high in the country. The wares called ‘famille rose’, were produced and exported to Europe almost same period, which can be cited by comperison.
There is a line about 3 cm in the surface.
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