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Kangxi Famille Verte Deep Plate

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Category
Period
Reference
5800
Diameter
29 cm (11 1/2")
Chinese Kangxi early 18th century famille verte large plate made during the reign of the Emperor Kangxi at the kilns at Jingdezhen for export to Europe.

gloriously painted to the centre with a Golden Pheasant on rockwork with a pair of swallows surrounded by flowers including tree peony and hibiscus. The cavetto is painted in four panels with foliage flowers and butterflies.

The underside is painted with trailing sprays of flowers repeating the design from the front and to the base a double circle in under glaze blue around the Artemisia leaf

The pheasant is one of the twelve signs of the Emperor and a sign of Imperial authority and is the representative of the bird kingdom. It is also associated with literary refinement and official office and an omen of good fortune.

The peony or more correctly the tree peony is known as the flower of the Emperor as its name means most beautiful in Chinese. The peony symbolises the Late spring or early summer and is an omen of good fortune and also the flower emblem of China

Swallows are the sign of spring, the sign of success and the coming of children.

The Hibiscus represents the path to high status
Diameter
29 cm (11 1/2")
Year
1662 - 1722
Medium
Porcelain
Country
China
Provenance
private English Collection
Condition
Overall very good, minor fritting to the points on the slightly barbed rim