KANGXI PERIOD (1662-1722)
26.5 cm diameter
The dish rises from a short tapering foot to gently rounded sides with flaring rim. The interior is painted in underglaze blue with a smiling monk wearing loose robes and large earrings. The figure is reserved against an even ground of underglaze powder-blue. The outer rim is left white. The exterior is freely painted in underglaze blue with two sprigs of bamboo, the base with a square seal within a double ring.
The present dish belongs to a rare group of powder-blue dishes probably produced during a very short period within the Kangxi reign. Only one other dish with this design in powder-blue and copper-red seems to be known, illustrated in Wang Qingzheng, Kangxi Porcelain Wares from the Shanghai Museum Collection, Shanghai, 1998, pl.82.
Formerly in an important French private collection, acquired in the 1950s.