Large porcelain platter with Chinese coins tree decoration. China, Kangxi Period


Large porcelain platter with Imari style decoration of underglaze blue, iron red and gilt enamel of Chinese coins tree. Blending outer and inner rim with scrollwork of red, blue and gilt peonies. Divided by four ruyi-shaped reserves with decoration of lakesides and four circular medallions with peaches and leaves decoration.

Marked with double encirclement enclosing a lingzhi, the sacred mushroom.

China, Kangxi Period (1662-1722)

Diameter: 35 cm (13-3/4 in.)

One restored crack.

This large platter adapts the Japonism decoration realized in the Arita kilns in “Imari de brocart” style meaning employing an inlaid underglaze blue combined with underglaze red, gilt and orange. The central decoration is derived from a “flowered basket” motif.
The motif displayed here is Chinese coins tree, symbol of richness and prosperity, growing in a garden or garden terrace. The latter is symbolized by pierced boulder, inseparable element in Southern China’s garden arts.

An identical piece of the same size from the collections of Augustus II the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland now in Dresden, Germany (Cf. D.F. Lunsingh Scheurleer, Chinese Export Porcelain, Chine de Commande, pl. 316).

A second and larger platter is in the collections of Sèvres City of Ceramics (MNC 1201-9). It was notable displayed during the exhibition “L’odyssée de la porcelaine chinoise” (Chinese Porcelain Odyssey), National Ceramics Museum, Sèvres, 2003, p. 196.

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  • Expertissim Reference: 2014040982