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kangxi blue and white porcelain small dragon plate

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Category
Period
Reference
5599
Diameter
16 cm (6 1/4")
Chinese 18th century blue and white porcelain plate made during the reign of the Emperor Kangxi at the kilns at Jingdezhen.

excellent painting of a climbing dragon above a turbulent sea chasing the flaming pearl. Within the waters of the sea is a large carp which is mutating into a small dragon.

During the winter months carp tend to go down to the bottom of rivers and lakes, it was believed that Dragons also went to the bottom of deep lakes and seas until the spring. in the spring any carp that had become large enough would leap from the waves and become a dragon, which were seen as benign and fortuitous unlike their Celtic counterparts.

The pearl was the source of all knowledge and to hold it would mean that you too would receive that knowledge and wisdom.

The cavetto of the plate is painted with breaking waves in a blue border.

To the back of the plate it is painted to the underside of the rim with four precious objects and to the inside of the foot rim there is a double circle around two fish.

excellent colour and decoration.
Diameter
16 cm (6 1/4")
Year
1662 - 1722
Medium
Porcelain
Country
China
Condition
Perfect