Chinese porcelain famille vertewucai large dish with flat everted rim, painted in the centre with three semi-clad women fighting with equestrian warriors with equestrian generals in the foreground and a general and minister watching over the battle scene with a flag bearer, the flag with two characters, san jun, in gilt, all amongst rockwork encircled by six river landscape reserves on a diaper ground, the underside with an artemisia leaf within a double ring in underglaze blue.

14 5/8 inches, 37.1 cm diameter.

Kangxi, 1662-1722.


Excellent, small rim frits and nibbles retouched.

Provenance & Additional Information

    • Formerly in the Dr. Günter Schäper Collection.

Dr. Günter Schäper (1930-2014), had four great passions: medicine (which he studied at three German universities and in which he had his own practice for 30 years in his home town of Recklinghausen), collecting art, hiking and horticulture. His favourite ceramics were Meissen and Qing dynasty porcelain. His collection was sold to benefit two charities, one for the protection of cultural heritage and the other for the protection of nature and animal welfare.

  • The pair to this dish from the Salting bequest is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, museum no. C.1221-1910.
  • The enamels are particularly bright and fresh with very little wear.