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Kangxi blue and white porcelain 18th century plate

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Period
Reference
5125
Diameter
26 cm (10 1/4")
Kangxi Chinese late 17th or early 18th century blue and white plate. Made early in the reign of The Emperor Kangxi. Excellent quality and painting with perfect potting of a beautiful plate.



The decoration shows 2 pheasants on rock work with peony and Chrysanthemum flowers. The underside is painted with the Ding mark inside a double circle.



The pheasant is the bird of the Emperor and symbolises Imperial authority. It is seen as the representative of the bird Kingdom. But the pheasant also symbolises literary refinement and official office, and is associated with the scholar who could work at the Imperial court.

the Peony are the Queen of flowers. A play from the Ming Dynasty shows how the Empress Wu ordered all flowers to bloom at once- all at the same time. It was only the Peony who disobeyed her. it was also said that when a Peony blooms its perfume spreads for a thousand miles and always attracts the best butterflies and other flowers.

The Chrysanthemum is the flower of the autumn and represents the ninth month of the old Chinese calendar. It was said that if Chrysanthemums were to be picked that they should be picked on the 9th day of the 9th month and then they would bloom for the autumn and into the winter. That is also why it is associated with Longevity.

Diameter
26 cm (10 1/4")
Year
c 1700
Medium
Porcelain
Country
China
Provenance
Private English Collection.
Condition
Perfect colour perfect condition. Chinese collectors mark to the back