A small porcelain dish with paintings of crabs in water weeds.
A round porcelain plate with a slight rise to the rim that has been painted with under glaze cobalt in a design of crabs around a central shou symbol. The cobalt used is a very dark black blue. The cut foot is unglazed but the base is glazed. The glaze is thick, and very smooth feeling with a shine to it.
There is a small label underneath with the number 2012.91.28. The dish belonged to the Portland Art Museum in Portland Oregon and was deaccessioned.
6 ¼” (15.9 cm) diameter x 1 1/8” (2.9 cm) tall. Weighs 8.1 oz (215 g)
There are no cracks, or breaks. There is a small rim chip. There are kiln flaws like pimples, black spots, glaze flow lines and separations. These are especially pronounced on the back. There is wear in the central well.
A great old plate with artistic designs of crabs in sea weed. The paintings reminds me of an impressionistic painting. The glaze feel is so soft and smooth too.