The blue and white dish has a wide, flat flange and is painted in the centre with two Chinese figures on a terrace in an oriental garden landscape. Two pavilions are visible in the background. The scene is framed in an octagon. The well and border are divided into four wide and four narrow panels. The wide panels feature oriental landscapes with a Chinese figure. The smaller panels are decorated with trellis work. The outer rim is blue.
Dimensions: diameter 39,3 cm / 15.47 in.
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.