明天啓 五彩仙人圖盤 「天啓年製」款
The steeply sloping sides rising from a short straight foot to an everted rim, painted to the interior with Cao Guojiu holding his clappers and riding on clouds, accompanied by an inscription reading Langyuan Penglai sandao ke (A visitor to Langyuan in the Penglai Islands).
Provenance: Purchased in Yokohama, 2015; Mujintang Collection.
or a dish from the same series with the same inscription depicting the the Daoist immortal Zhongli Quan, please see Little, Stephen, Chinese Ceramics of the Transitional Period: 1620-1683, China Institute of America, New York, 1983, p. 52 and 53, pl. 13a. For three similar dishes from this series that sold at auction, please see Christie’s London, The Peony Pavilion Collection, 12 June 1989, lots 307, 308 and 309. For a slightly more colourful and detailed version of this dish, please see Kawahara, Masahiko, Ko-sometsuke, Kyoto, 1977, Colour Section, pl. 38.