Porcelain platter with decoration of story scene from Xixiang Ji. China, Kangxi Period


Porcelain platter with underglaze blue decoration of story scene from Xixiang Ji. Center with the young scholar Zhang Sheng represented within a furnished interior speaking with his butler in the Western Wing.
Outer rim with very delicate trellis frieze accented with four cartouches enclosing peach branches, longevity symbol.
Back with two monasteries and two boats as well as apocryphal mark Chenghua within two concentric circles.

China, Kangxi Period (1662-1722)

Diameter: 28,7 cm (11-1/4 in.)

Crack on back. Few enamel cracklings

The story of Xixiang Ji (Story of the Western Wind) was written by Wang Shifu during the 13th Century. This text was popular again during the 17th century during Emperor Kangxi’s reign.

Augustus II the Strong, King of Poland and Elector of Saxony, had 30 identical platters according to his 1721 inventory.

One closely identical platter (with flowers rather than peach branches) is in the collections of Guimet Museum, Paris (Grandidier Collection, inventory number G3944)

Provenance :

  • Items quantity:  1
  • Expertissim Reference: 2014060001