Dish with flowers and birds
Chinese with Dutch decoration
Hard-paste porcelain (Jingdezhen ware)
Diameter: 8 5/16 in. (21.1 cm)
The Hans Syz Collection, Gift of Stephan B. Syz and John D. Syz, 1995
A Japanese Kakiemon-style bird-and-flower painting has been used here by a Dutch painter to decorate a Chinese porcelain blank. The grouping of a pair of magpies, plum blossoms, and bamboo is a traditional Chinese image, which forms the rebus "the couple delights in double happiness" (zhumei shuangxi).
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