Japanese blue and white kakiemon style lobed dish, Edo period (late 17th century), decorated in the centre with two figures or scholars on a riverbank gazing at a waterfall from beneath a pine tree.
The wide border decorated with a continuous scene of two tigers on rockwork amidst bamboo, blossoming prunus and other flowering plants.
The petalled rim glazed brown, the reverse decorated with a scroll of karakusa and a cursive fuku mark (‘happiness’) to the base.
There is a dish of identical design illustrated in Jörg, Christiaan, ‘Fine and Curious, Japanese Export Porcelain in Dutch Collections’, p.147, no.162.
Another slightly larger example is illustrated in ‘Porcelain for Palaces: The Fashion for Japan in Europe 1650-1750’, p. 158, no. 133, formerly in the collection of the Duchess of Portland.