A large antique Japanese low bowl painted with children-at-play and bird-and-flower motifs on a red background. The bowl dates to the late 19th century (Meiji period).
The main decorations on the plate are framed by two fan-shaped panels. In the round-shaped fan panel, three chubby boys are playing in a snow filled landscape of pine trees and chrysanthemums. To the upper right of the round panel is a folded-fan frame with a spring view of willow trees and pink flowers. In between the two decorative panels, a magpie is attracted to a large branch of blooming plum flowers. Around the rim of the low bowl, four floral polychrome cartouches are adorned on a blue and white band of diamonds. Altogether the decoration smartly displays the transition of the seasons.
The back of the bowl is painted with three robust dragons, which circle the foot. An auspicious message of “Wealth and Privilege, Forever Lasting” (fugui changchun) written in Chinese characters can been found at the bottom of the bowl.
This bowl would be beautiful either in the center of a dining room table or placed on a low table.
H 2.8 in. x Dm 18 in.
Good. A single fine line in the red enamel.
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