Large porcelain platter with dragon decoration. China, Kangxi Period


Large porcelain platter with polychrome-enameled decoration of dragon above foamy waves pursuing the flaming pearl next to two carps. Border ornated with flowers, fruits and shells.

China, Early Kangxi Period (1662-1722)

Diameter: 34,5 cm (13-1/2 in.)

One crack on outer rim. Few chips.

This pattern appears to have been very popular during the Transition Period and Early Kangxi Period. A jar with the same pattern was illustrated in Chinese Export Porcelain in the Reeves Center Collection at Washington and Lee University (Thomas V. Litzenburg, 2003, p. 33). The author explained that the pattern illustrates the creation process. Water represents the feminine principal (yin) and dragon represents the masculine principle (yang).

For a jar with the same pattern consult Christie’s, Paris, April 29, 2003, lot 340.
For a pair of plates with same pattern in center consult Christie’s Monaco, June 17, 1990, lot 3.
For a platter with the same central decoration but different border consult the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, New York (2001.362/gallery 203).

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  • Items quantity:  1
  • Expertissim Reference: 2014041076