Blue And White Porcelain Small Dish With Portrait Design | China, 18-19C¥7,400
A small dish from the Qing dynasty with a peculiar painting. The design with intoxicated sense, like a kaleidoscope, has the smell of opium that was popular at the time.
In the center of dish, a portrait pf someone who is sitting and holding something like a flower. The picture is probably a saint monk during decline of the dynasty.
However, at the same time, the vitality of the large moths and the painting of the sun is apparent, and although it is a seemingly conspicuous design, it might tell the ambiguity of shifting social conditions at that time such as improving productivity, exploitation and trade.
There are no notable defects except natural alteration during the kiln process. The inscription “Seikanensei”, Great Ming dynasty’s signature tells its sorrow.
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