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19. A WUCAI ‘MONKEY AND DEER’ DISH, MING DYNASTY, TIANQI OR EARLY CHONGZHEN PERIOD, (1620-1644), APOCRYPHAL CHENGHUA MARK

明天啟後期至崇禎 五彩爵祿

Painted to the interior with a monkey sitting on a rock beside a deer below fruiting branches and a swooping bird, with panels of flowers on a diamond pattern ground to the sloping rim 

Diameter: 20.7cm

Provenance: Purchased in Tokyo, 2016; Mujintang Collection.

The image of the monkey hou, the deer lu and the wasp feng form the rebus juelu fenghou (may you receive high rank and emolument). For a wucai dish of similar design, please see Kilburn, Richard S. Transitional Wares and Their Forerunners, Hong Kong Oriental Ceramics Society, 1981, p. 130, pl. 162 and for another example please see S. Marchant & Son, Ming Porcelain for the Japanese Market Kosometsuke & Koake, London, 2008, p.82, pl 43. 

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