A blue and white Kosometsuke dish
Tianqi period (1621-1627)
The square dish with tapering sides is decorated with a diagonal composition of lotus flowers and tall grass leaves growing from a pond. One of the lotus leaves reveals a turtle. A flying insect hovers around the lotus blooms. The corners of the cavetto are decorated with scrolling ornaments suspending tassels. The flat everted rim with indented corners is reserve-decorated with scrolling chrysanthemum.
18 cm wide
The decoration of this dish is painted after a Chinese woodblock-print from the Bazhong Huapu (Manual of Eight Types of Painting), dating from the Tianqi period. The frog on the original print is replaced by a turtle on the present dish, and the flying insect is added.
A very similar square dish from the collection of the Asian Art Museum, San Fransisco, is illustrated in Julia B. Curtis, Trade Taste & Transformation, China Institute Gallery, New York, 2006, pl. 49.