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 blue of luminous tone. The base with an incised Chinese collector’s mark, da zhai (grand hall).

13 5/8 inches, 34.6 cm diameter.

Shunzhi/early Kangxi, 1655-1665.


Condition: excellent.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Sold by Spink & Son, London.
  • Sold by Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc., New York, 2001.
  • From the collection of Jeffrey Stamen, Boston, collection no. 1387.
  • Sold by Sotheby’s New York in their auction of Kangxi, The Jie Rui Tang Collection, Part II, 19th March 2019, lot 312.
  • 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; 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; another in the Ashmolean Museum collection, is illustrated in Eastern Ceramics and Other Works of Art from the Collection of Gerald Reitlinger, no. 98, p. 49.
  • 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.