This week's saucer post continues the theme I began last week, namely of an English saucer decorated in a manner inspired by the Orient. I use the word "Orient" intentionally here instead of today's preferred "Asia," since that is what those who would have made or owned this pretty saucer would have known that region as when the saucer was made, approximately two hundred years ago.
This week's saucer, which measures 5 3/8 inches in diameter, is decorated in what is known as the "Rock and Tree" pattern. You can see why if you examine the center of the dish, where a weeping willow stands to the left, with its drooping branches overhanging a series of boulders on the ground. As was last week's Imari-type saucer, so this one has six segments surrounding the center motif, with alternating scrolls containing what appear to be dogwood flowers, and smaller pendulous flowers between them.
I like this saucer because I find its decoration pleasing, done in soft oranges, salmons, greens, and gilding. I believe it is—or once was—one of a pair that we bought at Bardith, Ltd., on Madison Avenue a dozen or so years ago. For the life of me I cannot find the second one. I am not sure if we broke it or if it is buried in one of the stacks of china that seem to fill every cupboard in our house. Ah, well.