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Subject:Chinese Imari Charger
Posted By: GerryG Wed, Oct 27, 2021 IP: 2001:bb6:372a:b958:1

Hi, I acquired this charger a few months back. It was sold as Japanese Imari, I could see straightaway it is Chinese Imari and probably early enough 1700 - 1720. It is thinly potted with a pagoda pattern dressed in red, blues and splashes of gold in keeping with chinese imari design of the time. On the reverse is a Lingzhi/Sacred Fungus symbol enclosed in a double circle of which the size and execution look right. There is a small ship to the rim and a short hairline on the edge which is a shame. I believe the more rounded footrim might date it as an earlier piece. Dimensions are 13.33 inches in diameter. Comments welcome as always. Gerry

Subject:Re: Chinese Imari Charger
Posted By: plasticman Wed, Oct 27, 2021

You nailed it regarding age and origin. It could stand a gentle cleaning. The edge hair crack would be easy to stabilize on the reverse to prevent further extension of the crack.

Subject:Re: Chinese Imari Charger
Posted By: GerryG Thu, Oct 28, 2021

Thanks Plasticman and Bill H, indeed I was pretty certain of this one when I saw it and I managed to buy it as a damaged Japanese plate which was a plus. One observation I had was the different shade of cobalt between the Lingzhi symbol and the double circle. Would this suggest multiple hands at work or some other ubiquitous reason. Regards Gerry

Subject:Re: Chinese Imari Charger
Posted By: Bill H Fri, Oct 29, 2021

The double circles and symbols within them were drawn separately by artisans using different brushes. The cobalt source may have been the same, but the amounts applied varied in thickness. As such, the source of the cobalt might have been the same but just varied in thickness.

Best regards,

Bill H.

Subject:Re: Chinese Imari Charger
Posted By: GerryG Sat, Oct 30, 2021

Thanks Bill H

Subject:Re: Chinese Imari Charger
Posted By: Bill H Wed, Oct 27, 2021

You made a shrewd call on origin, date and period with regard this Kangxi-era beauty. I have a 13.5 inch charger with similar flowering peach branch motif on the underside outer rim in a different pattern and having an unusual raised "boss" in its mid-cavetto. Images are attached herewith, the third one being a lower quality screen print that attempts to provide a better angle on its elevation.

The iconic mushroom mark on the bottom of your dish furthermore agrees with Gerald Davison's new "Book of Marks on Chinese Ceramics", wherein it is pictured and listed as well as a mark of the "Sacred Fungus Studio" (Zhai zhi - 靈芝).

I believe I also have seen versions of the blooming peach branch decoration under the rims of some dishes attributed to the Yongzheng reign, but the only place I can find this fungus mark in the comprehensive Mainland-published “Collection of Classical Markings on Chinese Historical Porcelains” (Zhongguo lidai taoci kuanzhi dadian - 中国历代陶瓷款识大典) is in attributions to the Kangxi reign.

Best regards,

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