This report will attempt to deconstruct this pattern by showing images of all the elements above, in all their variations. So, perhaps this is essentially an export pattern. Certainly in the last year or two, the pre-PRC versions of this pattern have been coming onto the market and fetching increasingly significant prices, so this consideration may be changing as this report is being written! The dragon is the older version of the Rice Pattern. In general PRC examples are very standard in the combinations of their decoration, much of which is stamped or stencilled.
I had always thought that the rice pattern was made by pressing kernels of rice into the damp clay.
The PRC pieces usually have leaf basal borders, chrysanthemum flower mounds or dragons stamped in the cavetto, bat and I-ching upper internal borders, diaper upper external borders. For your consideration is a wonderful old pattern made in Jingdezhen China. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: It is likely that your example is from that period. Five bats encircling peaches.