BLUE AND WHITE, COPPER-RED AND CELADON DISH
KANGXI PERIOD (1662-1722)
27 cm diameter
The dish is supported on a short foot rising to rounded sides and a flat everted rim. The interior is painted in underglaze blue, copper-red and celadon with a mountainous landscape. A pavilion is depicted in the foreground surrounded by trees and water, all below high mountains revealing two distant pagodas on the left side of the composition. The everted rim is painted with a dense design of clusters of pine needles and thick 'blobby dots'. The reverse side is freely painted in underglaze blue with two sprays of bamboo. The base is inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character Chenghua mark within a double ring.
The present dish is rare for its decoration and for the addition of underglaze red and celadon to the blue and white design. The landscape is finely executed in strong underglaze blue in the 'Master of the Rocks' style, combined with subtle light blue washes and white space to suggest depth. The finely painted trees in the foreground and on the right side of the landscape further emphasise the great skill of the artist. The 'blobby dots' in the border, which are indicative of the second half of the seventeenth century, are reminiscent of thick water drops hanging down from the pine needles.