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


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

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Background of Kangxi Blue and White Porcelain

The dishes are characteristic of the outstanding Chinese blue-and-white porcelain 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…”

* See Chinese Art A Guide to Motifs and Visual Imagery by P B Welch. Also, see Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art by T T Bartholomew.

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