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Kangxi Blue and White Pair of Molded Blue and White Plates

£ 2,150

Category
Period
Reference
6250
Diameter
20 cm (7 3/4")
Chinese early 18th century pair of porcelain blue and white plates, made during the reign of The Emperor Kangxi at the kilns at Jingdezhen for export to Europe.
The molded sides are painted with stylized scrolling lotus in a trellis pattern interspersed with Buddhist Emblems
The centre is painted with three flying phoenix around a central motif of a Buddhist styled lotus flower head. The phoenix are flying through clouds with stylized ruyi heads.
The underside is decorated under the sides with tulip flowers in alternating panels.
The base is painted with a six character apocryphal Cheng H'ua mark this was to honour and not to deceive.
A phoenix has many meanings but in this instance it was probably to symbolise the human qualities of virtue, duty, correct behaviour, humanity and reliability.
Excellent unusual pair of plates
Diameter
20 cm (7 3/4")
Year
c1700
Condition
veryminor frits to the barbs on the rim