Sold Ceramics - Sold Red & Gold / Rouge-de-Fer 1690-1730 - Flowers, Animals and Long Elizas - Page 1
Height 22 mm (0.87 inch), diameter of rim 230 mm (9.06 inch), diameter of footring 116 mm (4.57 inch), weight 308 grams (10.86 ounce (oz.))
Dish on footring, spreading flat, underglaze brown-edged rim (jia mangkou). Decorated in 'Red & Gold' / 'Rouge-de-fer' with iron-red and gold on the glaze with a flowering prunus tree, bamboo, a vase filled with flowering peony branches, a low table with a water pot with spoon and an opened scroll of painting with ribbons and a mountainous landscape scene. On the rim reserves filled with bamboo alternating with landscape scenes on a diaper-pattern ground with foliate scrolls and flower heads. The reverse is undecorated.
The decoration with the scroll of painting and the water pot with spoon indicate a scholar theme (study room). In older days people didn't get the ink from bottles but by grinding the ink stick on the ink stone with water. There are two ways of adding water, one is with a water dropper and the other is with water from the water pot therefore a spoon (the object in the water pot) was used. (I am indebted to mr. Simon Fan, Australia for this information)
(picture courtesy mr. S. Fan, Australia)
Condition: Some wear to the decoration.