Meissen Imari style plate, rich decoration by Kretschmar, c. 1740
Meissen plate decorated in rich Imari colours after a Japanese original, the center painted in underglaze blue, iron red and gold with a vase of flowers standing on a low table, the border with four panels of a moth and peony within a shaped reserve on an underglaze blue ground, spaced by a chrysanthemum on a thick gilt ground, the reverse with chrysanthemum branches and a triple blue line to the footrim.
Ornate underglaze blue crossed swords mark,
also ‘K’ for the decorator Kretschmar
ref. Hans Syz Collection catalogue p193-4 for similar Imari pieces with the ‘K’ mark. An identical plate was sold from the Hoffmeister Collection, part 3, lot 33 – £4800