A pair of Chinese porcelain blue and white small dishes, each painted with four figures seated in fishing boats, moored at a river bank, with two men in different boats playing rock paper scissors, bao jian chui, another man eating and a lady breast feeding, all beneath overhanging willow branches beneath cloud scrolls, mountains and the moon, all within a single ring, the underside with mountains and a viewing pavilion within a double ring in underglaze blue, the base with a six-character mark of Chenghua within a double ring.

6 ¼ inches, 16 cm diameter.

Kangxi, 1662-1722.


Provenance & Additional Information

  • From the collection of Holdo Strömwall (1883-1979) and his wife Karin, Sweden, and thence by direct descent through the family. Holdo and Karin were married in 1917 and moved to Shanghai in 1922, where they were visited by the crown prince Gustaf Adolf in 1926. Holdo imported paper from Sweden to China. Karin had a particular love for Chinese porcelain and their collection returned to Sweden with them in 1939.
  • These dishes were part of a set of six which are hanging on the wall in a photograph of their home in Shanghai in the 1920’s.
    A similar dish in the Gugong is illustrated by Chen Runmin in The Gugong Museum Collection of Qing Dynasty Porcelain, Shunzhi and Kangxi Blue and White, no. 98, pp. 170/1.  
  • This subject and the style of painting is particularly fine. It is both charming that the design goes to the border and that the figures are engaged in games, eating and nursing.



Overall good condition, one with a minute nibble on the underside of rim.