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3. A BLUE AND WHITE CIRCULAR ‘TIGER’ DISH, MING DYNASTY, TIANQI PERIOD (1621-1627)

明天啟 青花松下老虎紋盤

The steep rounded sides rising from a short tapered foot, to an everted rim, painted to the interior with a tiger standing on a rocky outcrop beneath the moon and pine tree branch in a river landscape with a waterfall, Japanese wood box

14.5cm diameter

Provenance: Purchased in Tokyo, 2015; Mujintang Collection.

For a similar dish sold at auction, please see Christie’s London, The Peony Pavilion Collection, Chinese Tea Ceramics for Japan (c. 1580-1650), 12 June 1989, lot  241. For another example in a slightly simpler design, please see S. Marchant and Son, Transitional Wares for the Japanese and Domestic Markets, June 1989, p. 23, pl. 23. For another example, please see Kawahara, Masahiko, Ko-sometsuke, Kyoto, 1977, Monochrome Section, p. 162, pl. 641. This design of a tiger in a landscape, was most likely to have been inspired by Ink Garden of the Cheng Family, published 1595, p. 1180, illustrated below.

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