For a discussion of Jiang Qianli see the notes to the mallow-flower form covered box in this catalogue, lot 180
. A similar dish to the present example, with the signature using the character ‘Jiang’ for the family name, is illustrated in Peter Y. K. Lam, ed., 2000 Years of Chinese Lacquer
, Hong Kong, 1993, no. 95. Other dishes by Jiang include one published in Wang Shixiang, Ancient Chinese Lacquerware
, Beijing, 1987, pl.78; and a large dish, from the collection of Mary and George Bloch, sold in these rooms, 23rd October 2005, lot 131. See a further example illustrated in Selected Gems of Cultural relics: Newly Collected in the Palace Museum in the Last Fifty Years
, Beijing, 1999, pl. 21; and five small dishes bearing Qian Li’s mark also sold in these rooms, 8th October 2010, lot 2752.
The scene on the dish depicts the celebrated Tang poet Meng Haoran (689-740). The subject of Meng riding on a donkey, his servant behind him holding a branch of blossoming prunus, has been identified by Ka Bo Tsang in JICSBS, Summer 1994, pp. 4-16, where the author illustrates two Chinese New Year pictures of a similar theme, with the rider identified in the accompanying text.