D1406. Blue and White Chinoiserie Massive Dish
Delft, circa 1670
Painted with two fierce spotted leopards and two other exotic beasts being observed by a Chinese dignitary and beneath a parasol and the others holding or brandishing various implements, all standing before a pavilion, the foreground with leafy plants, and beyond the activity a tree amidst shrubbery, rocks and ‘clouds’; the footrim pierced with two holes for suspension in the glaze vat.
Diameter: 48 cm. (18 7/8 in.)