Delft, circa 1670
Blue and white dish with a wide-spreading flange, the center painted with two conversing Chinese under a tree in an oriental landscape. One man carries a dish. The eight-panelled border is alternately decorated with floral motifs and oriental landscapes. The rim is executed in blue. The decoration is inspired by Chinese porcelain from the period of the last Ming emperor Chongzhen (1628-1644).
Dimensions: diameter 37 cm / 14.56 in.
A similar dish is in the private collection of Professor Kowalski in Poland (Kowalski, p. 54, nr. 11).
Oriental landscapes with Chinese figures were frequently painted on Delftware in the second half of the seventeenth century. This type of decoration is mainly executed on dishes, lobed dishes, ewers, vases and pots and to a lesser extent on small plates and bowls.
W.W. Kowalski, Fajanse z Delft. Kolekcja profesora Wojciecha W. Kowalskiego. Dutch Delftware. The collection of professor Wajciech W. Kowalski, Wroclaw/Gliwice 2013