A blue and white 'Master of the Rocks' landscape dish Circa 1640-1700
Lot 358
A blue and white 'Master of the Rocks' landscape dish Early Kangxi
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Auction Details
Lot Details
A blue and white 'Master of the Rocks' landscape dish
Early Kangxi
The shallow rounded sides rising from the foot ring to the everted rim, well painted on the interior in the typical 'Master of the Rocks' style in pencilled line and blue wash, with a mountainous river landscape and a lone fisherman, the rim with three fruit sprigs enclosed by concentric rings, the underside with four further scattered sprigs.
28.3cm (11in) diam.


  • Provenance: Ove Stenbeck Collection, no.31.

    Exhibited: Den Befriade Penseln. 300 År av Kinesiskt Porslin och Konsthantverk. Collection Stenbeck, Heinola, Finland, 4 June - 3 September 2000

    The term 'Master of the Rocks' was introduced by the collector and author Gerald Reitlinger, and describes the distinctive style of depicting landscapes on a diagonal, with thick curvilinear strokes providing the outlines and thinner, parallel contours used to create the depth of the rockwork. Such landscapes represent one of the most important developments in ceramic decoration of the seventeenth century.

    Stylistically, the current dish can be dated more accurately to the early Kangxi period, displaying the completion of the evolution of the landscape style. Compare a brush pot dated by inscription to 1667 in the Butler Family Collection, illustrated by M.Butler, J.B.Curtis and S.Little, Shunzhi Porcelain. Treasures from an Unknown Reign, Virginia, 2002, Catalogue no.53, with similarly painted rockwork contours.
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