This large antique charger (18 inches in diameter) is a showpiece of Japanese decorative art.
Made in the late 19th-century Meiji period, the intricate hand-painted design shows a delightful depiction of children at play in the snow, a charming waterside scene, and a bird-and-flower motif set on a striking red background.
The clever use of decoration showcases the transition of the seasons from winter to spring.
Adding to the allure of this bowl is a beautifully rendered songbird as it is drawn to a large tree bursting with plum flowers. Turning the bowl over reveals the back, where three robust dragons circle the foot, adding an extra touch of mythical charm.
This magnificent bowl would make a show-stopping centerpiece on a low table.
Dimensions: 18 inches diameter x 2.75 inches deep
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