Kangxi Master of The Rocks Large Blue and White Plate
Kangxi 17th century blue and white porcelain large deep plate finely potted and excellent painting of the pattern known as 'Master of The Rocks' Made At the kilns at Jingdezhen between 1662 and 1674 with fine decoration in vibrant cobalt blue To the underside there are peach sprays to the underside of the rim and central spray of peaches to the centre of the base
The plate is extremely well painted with imposing mountains with pine trees and retreats and two small figures on the promontory representing a Confucian scholar and attendant
Like all good master of the Rocks decorated pieces it is painted with a very good hand in bright cobalt blue with excellent detail
Although the term 'Master of the Rocks' refers to a design that is in the Chinese taste it is not a term that is recognised as a known pattern in China but was thought to be coined by the collector and academic Gerald Reitlinger and refers to a distinct collection of designs centred around impressive mountains and rivers with the strata of the rock as part of the design and the designs were inspired by the Ming scrolls.
The pattern is closely associated with the Transitional period or early Kangxi period upto c1674 The painting is in excellent cobalt
The deep large plates were not made in large numbers with this design