A polychrome octagonal dish, Tianqi/early Chongzhen, Ming dynasty, 17th century
Painted with a lone fisherman seated on a river bank with rod and basket beneath a pine tree, the rim with a brown wash, the base with a four-character seal mark reading tian xia tai ping (universal peace) within a double square. 20cm (8in) wide. Estimate: £1,000 - 1,500
Provenance: purchased from S. Marchant & Son, London, label
The Jarras Collection, England
Note: A similar dish from the Peony Pavilion Collection was sold at Christie's London, 12 June 1989, lot 373.
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