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A Japanese Imari Charger
Japan, circa 1700

An exceptional Japanese Imari charger of particularly large scale. Of round form with a shallow bowl, painted in dark underglaze blue with shades of iron red overglaze enamels and gilding, decorated in the centre with a roundel painted with a tall vase holding a bouquet of blossoming peony and feathery grasses and placed on a low table, the roundel framed by a band of floral scroll work, the cavetto and flattened rim painted with scrolls and drawings of various flowers or small landscapes all reserved on a dark blue ground boldly decorated with red and gold chrysanthemum on gilded leafy branches, the back elegantly painted with thin branches of prunus, peony, and chrysanthemum.

There is an almost identical charger in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum (no. 7332-1860). This dish is dated to circa 1690-1720 and was formerly in the collection of Augustus the Strong in the Porcelain Palace of Dresden, inscribed on the back with the ‘Johanneum mark’ N:152. The dish was a gift to the Victoria & Albert Museum by Queen Victoria. There is another similar dish in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (no. 23.225.118), which is dated to circa 1700 and was given to the museum in 1923.

Depth 9.50cm (3.74 inches)
Diameter 50.00cm (19.69 inches)

Reference - O01.15