The deep round dish with a flattened lightly barbed rim,
the central roundel painted with "auspicious symbols",
including a lingzhi (mushrooms) above a scroll on a ground of
ruyi scepters suspending ribbon scrolls and tassels and encircled by two fine blue lines;
the cavetto having four broad lobed panels :
two of peach bloom sprays and two of auspicious symbols divided by opposing ruyi scepters
(instead of alternating panels of beaded pendants)*;
the rim slightly everted and painted with eight peony blooms linked by leaves and berries;
the rim verso with two bifurcated prunus branches with seated birds issuing from grasses;
the sides painted with four lobed peach filled ovals,
alternating with four narrow panels of stylized lingzhi
sided by vertical lines
Note : An very similar Klapmutsen is in the collection of the Fries Museum, Leeuwarden,
and pictured Rinaldi, Kraak Porcelain Pl. 133, p.124,
*(where it is noted that the arrangement of the opposing ruyi heads in "very unusual".
Klapmutsen were made during the Wanli period for European use,
and exported via the Dutch East India Company.
The rim was flattened (in comparison to the Chinese taste bowl)
for support of the longer 17th century European spoon.
It is reported that these bowls were likely used to serve strawberries, cherries and other fruits -
and still being used today thusly on special occasions.
Condition : Excellent for age and usage, with normal light fritting to the rim high points,
and sand adhesion to the footrim
8.25" Wide / 2.25" Deep
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