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A wucai flower form dish. Chongzhen, 1628-1644.

with petal shape fluted brown wash rim painted with a flowering branch of peony with buds and leaves beside a music stone or axe head with a three-character mark xi chuang ji ``west window mark``, probably a name of a studio, within double lines of underglaze blue and a single thick line in iron red. 8 3/8 inches, 21.3cm diameter. The underside with a four-character sealmark fu tian xia taiping, ``happiness and universal peace``, within a double square and a single ring. Price on applilcation

Notes: This dish is published by Yamanaka Shokai in Ko-akai Sara Hyaku Sen, Old Coloured Ware Dishes Selected Hundred Pieces, Part One, Yamanaka Shokai, Osaka, 1933, colour plate no.13, and in a hand coloured painting on the front of the folio.

The knife cut brown rim was an innovation that improved the strength of the rim glaze and helped to prevent mushikui (earthworm nibbles) which were more prevalent on Tianqi wares.

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Wucai flower form dish. Chongzhen, 1628-1644.

with petal shape fluted brown wash rim painted with a lotus flower head, bud, pod, arrow head and leaves beneath a large circular double seal with the mark so shi ``longevity stone``, within a double ring in underglaze blue and iron red single band. 8 3/16 inches, 20.8cm diameter. The underside with a four-character sealmark fu tian xia taiping ``happiness and universal peace`` within a double square and a single ring. Price on applilcation

Notes: This dish is published by Yamanaka Shokai in Ko-akai Sara Hyaku Sen, Old Coloured Ware Dishes Selected Hundred Pieces, Part One, Yamanaka Shokai, Osaka, 1933, colour plate no.9.

The knife cut brown rim was an innovation that improved the strength of the rim glaze and helped to prevent mushikui (earthworm nibbles) which were more prevalent on Tianqi wares.

A wucai octagonal plate painted with a fisherman with the same four character sealmark was included by S. Marchant & Son in their exhibition of Two Hundred Years of Chinese Porcelain, 1522-1722, June 1998, no.38, p.54.

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Wucai flower form dish. Chongzhen, 1628-1644.

with petal shape fluted brown wash rim, painted with a fruiting branch of pomegranate with buds and leaves above a four-character sealmark you zhi qian li ``if you have ambition you can travel thousands of li`s`` within a gourd enclosed in an underglaze blue double line and an iron-red wash. 8 1/8 inches, 20.7cm diameter. The underside with a four-character sealmark fu tian xia taiping, ``happiness and universal peace`` within a double square and a single ring. Price on applilcation

Notes: This dish is published by Yamanaka Shokai in Ko-akai Sara Hyaku Sen, Old Coloured Ware Dishes Selected Hundred Pieces, Part One, Yamanaka Shokai, Osaka, 1933, colour plate no.40.

A similar dish in the Kyoto National Museum is illustrated in colour in the catalogue of Exhibition of Late Ming and Early Qing Wucai Porcelain, Kyoto National Museum, March 1993, no.24, p.30, and also in The Special Exhibition of Chinese Ceramics, The Most Popular Works Among Japanese, Kyoto National Museum, October 1991, no.20.

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