Delft, circa 1680
The lobed dish is composed of nine, wide lobes and is painted in the centre with two Chinese figures with a banner in an oriental rocky landscape. The lobes are alternately decorated with a reclining Chinese figure in a landscape and a flowering scroll. The brushwork is executed in blue within purple outlining.
Dimensions: diameter 34,5 cm / 13.58 in.
In the second half of the seventeenth century many lobed dishes were painted with Chinese motifs, mostly of landscapes with Chinese figures. Blue and purple chinoiserie decorations were very fashionable during a short period of time, predominantly in the 1680s.
The decoration is inspired by Chinese porcelain from the transitional period at the end of the Ming and the start of the Qing dynasty. The porcelain of the last Ming emperor Chongzhen (reigned 1628-1644), the first Qing emperor Shunzi (reigned 1644-1662) and the initial period until 1674 of his successor Kangxi (reigned 1662-1722) may have served as examples for this dish. The transition period in China lasted more than 60 years (1620-1683) and was accompanied by much unrest, conflict and war. The Ming dynasty finally fell in 1644, but it took decades before peace returned to China. For example, the porcelain kilns in Jingdezhen, the main porcelain city in China, were destroyed in 1674.