A Very Rare Silver Form Bow Platter in the Kakiemon Quail Pattern
A Very Rare Silver Form Bow Platter in the Kakiemon Quail Pattern, depicting a scene of two quails, one painted in iron-red, the other in blue and green tipped wing feathers, beneath an arched prunus tree with blue painted trunk and iron-red and gilt decorated flowers in bloom. Floral sprigs are painted scattered across the surface. An iron-red and gilt decorated floral border is painted along inside rim of the scalloped edge of the oval platter, in the form of a rococo silver shape after Nicholas Sprimont’s original silver designs found at Chelsea. The platter is moulded with undulating scalloped sides and shell pattern handles in relief at the ends.
Width 13 2/5 ins. (34.1 cms)
For a discussion on Bow ware with Kakiemon decoration, see Anton Gabszewicz and Geoffrey Freeman, Bow Porcelain (1982), 47-54.
A similar shaped Chelsea Kakiemon Dish in the ‘Twisted Dragon Pattern’ is in the British Museum, London (1887,0307,II.65). Another similarly shaped Chelsea Kakiemon Dish with dragon motif is in the Jessie and Sigmund Katz Collection in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (61.1261a-b). A similar Bow Platter of octagonal shape with the Kakiemon Quail Pattern is in the Colin Templeton Collection in the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (279-D4)
Stock No. 1931