Chinese porcelain blue and white large dish with flat everted rim, painted with a large wicker-work basket of flowers including prunus, peach flower, chrysanthemum, magnolia, peony and hydrangea on a stand with ruyi-head feet, beneath an upright gate-form bamboo handle tied with a ribbon at the top, the underside with branches of camellia, peony and prunus.

14 1/8 inches, 35.9 cm diameter.

The base with a six-character mark of Kangxi within a double ring in underglaze blue and of the period, 1662-1722.


Minute foot nibbles.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Formerly in a European collection.
  • Sold by Christie’s South Kensington in their auction of Oriental Ceramics and Works of Art, 20th July 2000, lot 366.
  • Sold by Marchant, 8th June 2001.
  • Formerly in the collection of Jeffrey P. Stamen, The Jie Rui Tang Collection, no. 297.
  • Included by Jeffrey P. Stamen and Cynthia Volk with Yibin Ni in A Culture Revealed: Kangxi-Era Chinese Porcelain from The Jie Rui Tang Collection, no. 23, pp. 80/1.
  • Sold by Sotheby’s New York in their auction of Kangxi: The Jie Rui Tang Collection, 20th March 2018, lot 382, p. 120.
  • A large ‘basket of flowers’ saucer dish is included by S.T. Yeo and Jean Martin in the exhibition of Chinese Blue & White Ceramics, National Museum, Singapore, 1978, no. 279, pl. 151, pp. 242/3.
  • The basket of flowers represents the emblem of Lan Caihe, one of the eight immortals. A ribboned basket filled with blooms conveys a wish for the attainment of prosperity and wealth. This was a popular design in the Kangxi period, but it is unusual to find the design without any borders and particularly rare for the dish to bear a Kangxi reign mark.