The lobed dish is composed of nine, wide lobes around a nine-fold centre and is painted in blue and yellow with a chinoiserie decor. A seated Chinese figure in an oriental landscape is depicted in the centre, framed within lines and a white band. The border is decorated with a continuous landscape with four additional Chinese figures. The outline of the decor is painted in purple and then filled in with blue and yellow.
Dimensions: diameter 34 cm / 13.58 in.
A lobed dish of the same shape and design in only blue and yellow is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in Massachusetts (2006.1131).
In the second half of the seventeenth century many lobed dishes were painted with Chinese motifs, mostly of landscapes with Chinese figures. The decoration is inspired by Chinese porcelain from the period of the last Ming emperor Chongzhen (1628-1644). Two- or multi-coloured variations of this decor are relatively rare.