Chinese porcelain blue and white large deep saucer dish of thickly potted form painted with a fabulous seated qilin amongst stylised flames, rockwork and plantain beneath the moon, all within a single line in underglaze blue and beneath a brown dressed rim, the underside plain with a wide channel foot rim, the base with a four-character mark, yu tang chang chun, jade hall and eternal spring.

14 inches, 35.6 cm diameter.

Shunzhi, 1644-1661.



Provenance & Additional Information

  • Formerly in an important Danish collection.
  • A similar dish from the Butler family collection is illustrated by Michael Butler, Julia B. Curtis and Stephen Little in Treasures from an Unknown Reign, Shunzhi Porcelain, 1644-1661, no. 13, pp. 108/9, where the author notes, “another dish of this size and shape painted with Shoulao and eight immortals in the Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh.” Another in the Gugong is illustrated by Chen Run Min in Shunzhi and Kangxi Underglaze Blue, Beijing, 2005, no. 20, pp. 44/5; another similar dish is published in Chinese Blue and White Porcelain from the Pullan Collection, exhibited by Spink, November 1998, colour plate 37.
  • This dish is particularly impressive due to the large qilin taking up the major part of the decoration, the clarity of the design and the luminous blue tones.