Pair of Chinese porcelain famille verte powder-blue ground chargers each painted in the centre with an octagonal flower head shaped panel, enclosing a scholar holding a fan while crossing a bridge with fish swimming below, his attendant following holding a wrapped qin, two further scholars standing on a rocky promontory, a six-tiered pagoda in the distance with houses and overhanging rockwork with willow and wutong beneath a setting gilt sun, iron-red clouds and birds in flight, encircled by eight lobed reserves, four with fisherman in a river landscape and four with flowering plants and rockwork all heightened with gilt flowers. The underside with a lozenge mark within a double ring in underglaze blue.

16 inches, 40.7 cm diameter.

Kangxi, circa 1710.



Provenance & Additional Information

  • Formerly in an Italian private collection.
  • An identical charger from the J. Spoor bequest, Muiden, 1936 is illustrated by Christiaan J.A. Jörg in Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, no. 158, p. 146; another, of this design, from the collection of H. J. Joel, Esq. was sold by Christie’s London, in their house sale of Childwick Bury, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, Part II, 15th to 17th May 1978, lot no. 194, pl. 4; a further example was included by Marchant in their catalogue of Recent Acquisitions, 2009, no. 16, p. 29.
  • Included by Marchant in their exhibition of Qing Porcelain, 2011, no. 10, pp. 22-23.
  • Included by Marchant in their exhibition of Kangxi Famille Verte, 2017, no. 29, pp. 82-83.
  • As the gilt is in remarkable condition, which would have required a separate firing at a lower temperature, it is an indication that these dishes have never been used.