Rare porcelaIn coupe with moulded decoration painted in Famille Verte enamels of Mu Guiying and his warriors. China, Kangxi Period

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Rare porcelain coupe, moulded in the shape of a lotus, painted in Famille Verte enamels of a decoration in full, basin with a medallion encircled by a double encirclement, depicting a woman with feathers in her hair, riding a horse. A standard-bearer walks in front of her, armed with a sabre and helmet.
In foreground, the upper part has yellow tone with red standards.

Radiating decoration on outer rim, comprising cartouches shaped as lotus petals with either warriors armed with spears or sabres, or criss-cross patterns or floral branches.
On reverse side, stylized leaves in under glaze red.

Diameter : 21,5 cm (8.4 in.)

Small hair line cracks in the centre of basin. Very minir chips along edges.

The decoration is taken from a literary tale, Yang-jia-jiang Yanji ( Generals from the Yang family), telling the tale of the book and detailing the exploits of the Yang family from several generations during the first years of the Northern Song dynasty in ancient China. The tales narrate the rigid loyalty and the remarkable bravery of the Yangs, as well as the way in which the Yang defeated with success the invasions of the Song empire borders..

The scene represented here is an episode of the life of Mu Guiying, dressed in military commander’s atire. Of low birth, she was determined to marry the sixth son of Yang Ye, one of the most esteemed generals of the emperor but who dies fighting the Khitan tribes having been betrayed by some dignitaries of the regime. She captures the sixth son of the general, Yang Zhongbao, and lets him leave only on the only condition that he agrees to marry her. When the men of the Yang family were beaten during military battles, she raised an army of women in order to beat the Khitan tribes.

A series of six identical plates is held in the Groninger Museum collections in the Netherlands (inv. no. 1945-159, illustrated in the collections catalogue).

Bibliography :
-Jörg & Van Campen, Chinese ceramics in the collection of the Rijkmuseum, Amsterdam, The Ming and Qing dynasties, 1997, cat. 79
-C. Jörg, Famille Verte, Chinese porcelain in green enamels, 2011, P. 90, n°92.

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  • Items quantity:  1
  • Height in cm : 21 cm
  • Width in cm : 21 cm
  • Depth in cm : 3 cm
  • Expertissim Reference: 2015070751