A MEISSEN KAKIEMON LARGE CHARGER CIRCA 1735-40
painted in underglaze-blue and Kakiemon enamels with a phoenix perched on rockwork flanked by flowering peony plants, within concentric circles in the cavetto, the rim painted with two panels of rockwork issuing branches of indianische Blumen and a bird perching on a flower, the reverse with foliate scrolls and concentric circles in underglaze-blue, crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue, painter's mark /. in underglaze-blue and numeral 26 in iron-red to inside edge of footrim, incised numeral 3.
Diameter: 17 in.
There is a half inch wide shallow ground out circle around the mark. Possibly done at the factory to disguise a firing fault.
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Clotilde and Alfred Merton, Frankfurt
Private Collection, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Edlred's Auctioneers East Dennis, Massachusetts, December 7, 1996, lot 358
Williams, 1974, no. 67, illus.
Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, no. 223, p. 486, illus.
Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, p. 486 notes that the decoration was based on a Japanese dish, one of 804 Asian ceramics left to Augustus II in 1722 by courtier Daniel Friedrich Raschke, who acted as the King's agent in Holland, and illustrates a Japanese dish in the Porzellansammlung, Dresden which bears Japanese Palace inventory number N: 73 ↑.