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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Large Blue and White Chinese Porcelain Platter Circa 1770 Qianlong Era$1,840.00
This beautiful 18th-century Chinese blue and white platter was hand-painted during the Qianlong period, circa 1770. The center of the charger is decorated with vibrant sprigs of loose flowers painted in medium color cobalt blue. The delicate underglaze cobalt blue decoration is lovely! Encircling the center are links of scrolling vines and flowers. The border is defined by a broad band of dense cobalt decoration showing Chinese textile design, peonies, and chrysanthemums.
Dimensions: 17.5″ x 14.5″ x 1.5″ deep
Set Six Large Blue and White Chinese Porcelain Plates Hand-Painted Kangxi Era$9,600.00
This set of six blue and white Chinese porcelain dishes was hand-painted 300 years ago, circa 1700, during the Kangxi dynasty. 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.” These dishes are of the rare “double dinner” size, 11″ in diameter The dishes are each hand painted in a vibrant deep cobalt blue. We see a rocky outcropping with a pair of songbirds, beautiful peonies in full bloom, and a delicate flowering plum tree. The effect is gorgeous! The crisp cobalt blue border has intricate patterning with panels showing a single peony separated by scrolling vines and floral decoration.
This decorative style was especially popular during the early Kangxi period.*
On the underside, the dishes have the Chinese square or “Fret” mark inside a double circle in underglaze blue. A traditional Chinese scene can be beautiful and also convey symbolic meaning. Peonies symbolize female beauty, royalty, wealth, and honor in Chinese tradition and have long been adored for their bold size and beautiful colors. The plum tree flowers early in the spring, announcing the end of winter and the rebirth of nature. Hence, it symbolizes endurance and hope.
Dimensions:11″ in diameter x 1″ tall
* Blue and white shards painted with rocks and floral subjects have been excavated from Kangxi era Jingdezhen private kiln sites and early 18th-century Chinese shipwrecks sunk in the South China Sea.
Six Blue and White Dishes Chinese Porcelain Hand Painted Kangxi Era, circa 1700$5,800.00
This set of six blue and white Chinese porcelain dishes was hand-painted 300 years ago, circa 1700, during the Kangxi dynasty. 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 dishes are hand painted in tones of cobalt blue. Flowers are everywhere! Delicate flowering plum trees, beautiful peonies, and lotus flowers in full bloom, The effect is gorgeous! On the underside, the dishes have the Chinese square “Fret” mark or the artemisia leaf mark inside a double circle in underglaze blue.
Dimensions: 9.7″ diameter
Condition: Small edge frits invisibly restored
Antique 17th Century Chinese Blue and White Plate Made circa 1660$780.00
This 17th-century blue and white Chinese dish is bursting with energy. Made circa 1660, it is beautifully painted in the Kraak style. The plate was painted in two steps: an artist created an outline for each panel. Then, using the outline, the painters completed the dish. The cobalt blue goes beyond the outlines, creating beautiful deep blues filling the spaces. Our dish is painted in a typical Chinese Kraak form. It has wide rims with eight petal-shaped panels framing a central medallion. The center shows flowers before a seascape. Each of the eight panels offers flowers and geometric designs. The underside of the plate is decorated in cobalt blue with a simple flower and vine pattern around a double circle. Inside the circle, we see one of the “Eight Treasures.” Dimensions: 8.5″ diameter Condition: Excellent Background of Chinese Kraak Porcelains: Chinese Kraak porcelain is known for its blue and white plates, dishes, and bowls painted deep cobalt blue. Kraak decoration typically consists of a central medallion with a rim divided into eight sections with their own decorative content. Kraak porcelain was made in the Ming and early Qing dynasties and is one of the earliest blue and white porcelain styles made for the European market. It was first brought to Europe by the Portuguese. The name “Kraak” is a Dutch transcription of the Portuguese word ‘Carraca,’ or ‘Carrack’ in English, a ship the Portuguese used at the time. The term ‘Kraak’ appears to have been first used in the seventeenth century by the Dutch, and it is now the accepted name for this type of Chinese porcelain.
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
Antique Chinese Porcelain Blue and White Small Vase$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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