A LARGE CHINESE FAMILLE-ROSE 'MAGU' DISH QING DYNASTY, YONGZHENG PERIOD
with curved sides rising from a short straight foot to an everted rim, the interior finely painted with the Daoist immortal in flowing robes holding lingzhi, accompanied by a boy attendant and a deer with a peach blossom in the mouth, overhanging prunus branches above, the rim border with floral sprays, all enameled in delicate pastel shades, the rim gilt, the base with incised Japanese Palace inventory number N=183-I.
Diameter: 15⅛ in.
With a three-pronged star-crack in the body, and a hairline crack extending the length of the rim. With surface wear, light scratches, and minor wear to the enamels. 'N-183 I' scratched into the base and with an Arnhold Collection label. With minor firing imperfections, including having slightly smokey glaze in some areas.
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The Royal Collections of Saxony, Japanese Palace, Dresden
Vanderven & Vanderven, 's-Hertogenbosch, 2006.
Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, no. 366, p. 703, illus.
An almost identical dish with the same Japanese Palace inventory number is in the Dresden Porcelain Collection, illustrated in Ströber, Berlin, 2001, pl. 32, where it is noted that such pieces likely entered the collection in 1727.