A Rare Meissen Large Circular Dish in the Imari Style

J.D. Kretschmar — c.1740-45

Painted in Imari style after a Japanese original in underglaze blue, iron red, green and gilding, with a central vase of flowers, flanked by blossom, within a gilt overlaid blue frame, the rim with three floral panels separated by blue framing, the rim underside with three floral branches, crossed swords and ‘K’ mark in underglaze blue, impressed ’22’ and incised ‘4’ to edge of foot rim.

37.5 cm diameter



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Johann David Kretschmar, the likely decorator of the present set, was born in Wurzen, Germany, in 1697. He was active as a painter at Meissen from 1726 to 1752, where he specialized in underglaze blue decoration and in Imari and Chinese designs copied from or inspired by East Asian prototypes.  He sometimes signed his pieces with the letter K in underglaze blue, as on the present piece.