Blue and White Chinese Porcelain & Pottery

Cobalt blue glaze on pure white kaolin clay, fired at high temperatures of around 1,450 degrees Celsius.

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  • Pair Large Blue and White Chinese Porcelain Chargers Kangxi Era, circa 1700

    $12,500.00

    This pair of extraordinary chargers is hand-painted in a combination of beautifully soft and dark cobalt blue. In the center, we see a pair of splendid phoenixes, a male and a female, chasing each other across the sky. The male flies above with his head turned to look at the female. Peonies float between them. This dynamic mythical scene is exciting and exquisite.
    In Chinese tradition, both peonies and phoenixes have important symbolic meanings. Peonies symbolize royalty, rank, wealth, and honor and are much loved for their bold size and colors. A phoenix is said to appear only during the reign of a righteous emperor. That association with peaceful and benevolent times means that a phoenix symbolizes a wish for prosperity and righteousness.*
    A band of dark blue bat-form design encircling the central scene reinforces the symbolic wish for good fortune and happiness.
    The underside of each dish has the Artemesia leaf mark and is of the Kangxi period (see images).

    Dimensions: 13.8″ in diameter x 2.5″ in height

    Condition: Excellent with the very, very slightest rubbing to the edges

  • Six Blue and White Chinese Porcelain Dishes Kangxi Era Made c-1700

    $5,800.00

    This set of six Chinese blue and white porcelain dishes was painted in the Kangxi era circa 1700. Each dish is hand-painted in a beautiful combination of soft and dark cobalt blue, and because they are hand-painted, each dish has small details that vary from the others. The decoration is exquisite! At the center of each dish, we see flowering peonies emanating from rockwork and branches with delicate plum blossoms. The borders have eight panels alternately showing a basket of flowers or a single plum blossom. The total effect is delightful, as if one is standing in a flower-filled garden. In Chinese tradition, the beautiful images on these dishes have symbolic meanings. Much loved for their bold size and colors; peonies are known as the flower of “riches and honor (fuguihua),” while plum blossoms (meihua) symbolize perseverance, purity, and hope*.
    The underside of each dish is painted with a traditional pair of scrolling vines in underglaze blue.

    Dimensions: 8.8″ in diameter x 1″ in height

    Condition: Excellent with very, very minor frits on the foot of each dish

  • Pair Large Blue and White Chinese Porcelain Jars Hand Painted Kangxi Era C-1700

    $17,800.00

    This exceptionally fine pair of Chinese porcelain jars were made circa 1700 in the reign of Emperor Kangxi. They are hand-painted in exquisite cobalt blue. Leafy peony scrolls seem to float over the surface of the baluster-shaped jars. The covers are similarly decorated, have a flared rim, and are surmounted by a rounded finial. The neck of each jar is decorated with traditional plantain leaves. The jars are characteristic of the outstanding blue-and-white ceramics manufactured during the reign of the Kangxi Emperor.

    According to Sir Harry Garner, author of Oriental Blue and White, “The Kangxi blue and white reached a technical excellence that has never been surpassed. The porcelain pure white and of fine texture is covered with a glaze of slightly blueish tint…”

    The jars are magnificent on display. They catch your eye from across the room and won’t let go. The design continues an ancient Chinese tradition of decorating porcelain with peonies and scrolling leaves. Peonies symbolize female beauty, royalty, wealth, and honor in Chinese tradition and have long been adored for their bold size and beautiful colors.

    Dimensions:15.5″ tall x 8.5″ at the widest point

    Condition: Excellent, with small edge chips along the top of the collars invisibly restored.

  • Chinese Blue and White Small Vase Made of Soft-Paste Porcelain

    $760.00

    This delicate Chinese blue and white bud vase was made in the early 18th century circa 1720. Hand-painted in shades of cobalt blue, it shows peonies emanating from rockwork. The vase has an elegant, slender form that rises to a flared lotus form rim. It is supported on an oval-shaped foot. The body has a milky-white glaze, which crackled when fired (see image #s 2.5.6)

    Dimensions: 5″ in height x 2.6″ across x .8″ deep

    Condition: Excellent with the very, very slightest roughness on the upper edge.

  • Six Blue and White Chinese Porcelain Dishes Kangxi Era Made c-1700

    $5,800.00

    These six beautiful Chinese blue and white porcelain dishes were painted in the Kangxi era circa 1700. Hand-painted using both soft and dark cobalt blue, each dish is very slightly different from the others in the set. The decoration is exquisite. At the center of each dish, there are two flowering peonies emanating from rockwork. On the border surrounding the peonies are other flowers including chrysanthemums, and plum blossoms. These dishes have meaning in Chinese tradition. Peonies are much loved for their bold size and colors. They are known as the flower of “riches and honor.”* Chrysanthemums symbolize abundance, while plum blossoms symbolize endurance and hope*. The dishes are molded, and the border of each plate is fluted in a pattern similar to the petals on a flower. The total effect is delightful.

    Dimensions: 8″ in diameter x 1” in height

    Condition: Excellent with minor frits on the foot of each dish

    *See “Chinese Art A Guide to Motifs and Visual Imagery” by P B Welch.

  • Chinese Blue and White Jars Late Qing Dynasty 19th Century Circa 1880

    $11,200.00

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