PAIR of KANGXI BLUE & WHITE CHINESE EXPORT DEEP DISHES
Verso Left, with rim nick 10 o'clock, not visible front Verso Right, with central stable firing flaw
Left Plate, with small rim nick 10 o'clock verso
Right Plate, with minor stable firing flaw center verso
Translucency when lit by 500 Watt bulb
Each of barbed foliate form and finely painted in a rich blue with a flowering prunus tree on a grassy ground
among other flora, before a fence within concentric circles surrounded by lotus petals painted with further
flowering prunus branches and grasses, the verso of each with the fantasy mark of a lotus flowerhead
within concentric circles and prunus sprays
Condition: Excellent; usual Kangxi tiny rim frits; one with a firing minor flaw to the center verso; one with a small nick verso
Please note that variations of painting are characteristic of this period.
8 ?” Diameter
In 1662, Emperor Kangxi of the new Manchu Qing (Ch'ing) Dynasty assumed the throne. Despite the kilns being
destroyed twice by the outgoing Ming Dynasty, his rule produced from 1682 to 1722 the finest blue and white
ever produced, both technically and visually. The ceramic became quite thin, with a glassy glaze, the blues even
more like sapphires beneath it. Painting was free and precise at the same time. To protect his wares from continued
Ming destruction, he introduced a marking we still see copied today - that of two concentric circles. These circles
often contained a fantasy mark. This pair features a lotus flowerhead fantasy mark, emblematic of purity in adversity,
as the lotus emerges clean from muddy roots.
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