Chinese porcelain famille verte large charger, painted in the centre with “a golden pheasant” standing on rockwork overlooking a second pheasant amongst large blooms of peony and flowering prunus, beneath a pair of birds in flight, encircled by a prunus flower head band on an iron-red diaper ground, the cavetto painted with eight different petal shape panels including; kingfisher and magpie amongst branches of prunus, camellia and peony and other exotic flowers all on a seed-green ground with flower heads and leaves, encircled by a wide band with six reserves of precious objects including ruyi-sceptre, wrapped qin, weiqi board, counter holders, books, music stones and scrolls on different diaper grounds each with a central stylized mallow flower head, the underside with a branch of prunus and peony. The base with a ribbon mark within a double ring in underglaze blue.

20 ¾ inches, 52.7 cm diameter.

Kangxi, circa 1700.


Tiny nibbles.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Formerly in the Baron and Baroness van Heeckeren van Molecaten Collection. Walraven Jacob Baron van Heeckeren van Molecaten (1914-2001) received his bachelor’s degree in Economics in Rotterdam. He was a Commander of the Interior Forces and in 1946 became Secretary to The Netherlands Society for International Affairs. In 1950 he was appointed Private Secretary to Queen Juliana, after his resignation he was appointed Commander of The Order of The House of Orange and later worked on his memoires until his death.
  • Formerly in the Mr. Jiles “Jelle” Boon Collection, The Netherlands. Mr. Jiles Boon (1916-2009) together with his wife Cornelia Neeltje Witvliet were passionate collectors of art and antiques. He lived and worked in the Rotterdam area and internationally traded cotton and coffee.
  • Purchased from Paul Brandt, Holland, 7th November 1961.
  • Included by Marchant in their exhibition of Qing Porcelain, 2011, no. 8, pp. 18-19.
  • Included by Marchant in their exhibition of Kangxi Famille Verte, 2017, no. 20, pp. 56-57.
  • A similar dish formerly in the K. L. Essayan Collection, Lisbon is illustrated by Michel Beurdeley and Guy Raindre in Qing Porcelain, no. 59, p. 55, another, is illustrated by Regina Krahl and John Ayers in Chinese Ceramics in The Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, A Complete Catalogue, Volume III Qing Dynasty Porcelains, no. 2874, p. 1181, colour pl. 934; another, from the Salting Bequest in the Victoria and Albert Museum is illustrated by W.B. Honey in Guide to Later Chinese Porcelain, pl. 81.