Chinese porcelain famille verte large dish with flat everted rim painted in the centre with the Yang family women practicing their equestrian skills beside a building and beneath an arbour on different coloured horses of iron-red enamel, black, aubergine, yellow, green and piebald with a seated lady and her attendants overlooking from a covered terrace with ruyi-head wall and striped roof all beneath a gilt sun and iron-red ruyi-head clouds, the wide border with hydrangea, lotus, peony, pinks, daisies, prunus and hibiscus amongst other flowers between underglaze blue lines. The underside with three branches of peony in underglaze blue, iron-red and gilt.

17 inches, 43.2 cm diameter.

Kangxi, circa 1715.


Tiny rim nicks.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Formerly in the Zamek Lancucki Collection, Łańcut Castle, Poland.
  • Included by Marchant in their exhibition of Kangxi Famille Verte, 2017, no. 36, pp. 106-107.
  • A slightly larger dish from this service, gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige is illustrated in the catalogue of Tokyo National Museum, Chinese Ceramics II, no. 604, p. 154, and by John Ayers and Masahiko Sato in Sekai Toji Zenshu, Ceramic Art of the World, Ch’ing Dynasty, Vol. 15, no. 169, p. 170, it was also included by the Osaka City Museum in their exhibition of The Beauty of Qing Dynasty Works of Art, 1992, no. 101, p. 38.
  • A pair of dishes of identical size and design from the collection of Mr. H. J. Joel, Esq. of Childwick Bury, St Albans, Hertfordshire was sold by Christie’s, London, in their auction of Fine Chinese Export Porcelain and Works of Art, 12th June 1978, lot no. 221, pp. 56-57.
  • A pair of famille rose square dishes of this subject were included by Marchant in their exhibition of Imperial Chinese Porcelain, Ceramics and Works of Art, 2013, no. 30, pp. 64-65.
  • The tradition of the Yang family generals and their military exploits, over several generations, dates from the Northern Song dynasty when they were famous for their remarkable bravery in defending the Song borders from foreign invaders. While several generals of the Yang family are profiled in historical texts such as History of Song, the Ming dynasty novel Generals of the Yang Family includes folklore and stories that deviate from actual historical records. The Yang family lady generals practising before going to war (because their husbands were wounded) has become a favourite subject and is a symbol of unflinching loyalty.