China, c1690




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 markThis pair features a lotus flowerhead fantasy mark, emblematic of purity in adversity,

as the lotus emerges clean from muddy roots.



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