A MEISSEN IMARI LARGE SCALLOPED CIRCULAR DISH CIRCA 1740
after a Japanese original, vibrantly painted in a characteristic palette, the center with a scalloped panel of a bird perched on the rocky bank of a turbulent river painted in pale puce lustre beneath a pine tree and trailing chrysanthemum issuing from the opposite bank, the elaborate brocaded rim reserved with two underglaze-blue-edged panels, each with an iron-red and gilt phoenix, the reverse with three large Imari sprigs, and concentric circles in underglaze-blue, crossed swords mark and painter's mark K in underglaze-blue, impressed numeral 20.
Diameter: 12⅜ in.
There is restoration to the edge of one lobe of the rim at approx 4 o'clock. It is well restored and impossible to see the extent of the original damage. Some minor stacking wear to enamels on the cavetto, visible in the catalogue photo at approx 4 o'clock and 10 o'clock. Some minor scuffs and scratches to the gilding overall.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Sotheby's London, June 4, 1996, lot 111
Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, no. 228, p. 494, illus.
The dish is a faithful copy of a Japanese Imari original, an example of which is in the British Museum, London, illustrated in John Ayers (et. al.), Porcelain for Palaces, The Fashion for Japan in Europe 1650-1750, London, 1990, p. 224, no. 237. At least two other dishes of this large size are recorded, one in the Dr. Ernst Schneider Collection, Lustheim, illustrated in Julia Weber, Meißener Porzellane mit Dekoren nach ostasiatischen Vorbildern, Munich, 2013, Band II, p. 108, kat. 99.; and another formerly in the Dr. Fritz Mannheimer Collection, Amsterdam, now in the Rijksmuseum, illustrated in Abraham L. den Blaauwen, Meissen Porcelain in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 2000, p. 217, no. 134. A smaller scalloped dish in this pattern (9 in. diameter) was in the Hoffmeister Collection, published in Dieter Hoffmeister, Meissener Porzellan des 18.Jahrhunderts Katalog der Sammlung Hoffmeister, Hamburg, 1999, Vol. I, no. 172, sold at Bonhams London, November 24, 2010, lot 35.