A Chinese imperial porcelain large blue and white dish, painted in the centre in bright underglaze blue with a pair of open-winged male and female phoenix birds amongst ruyi-head stylised clouds, all within double rings, the underside with the two similar birds in flight between ruyi-head clouds, the base with six-character mark of Daoguang in underglaze blue within a double ring and of the period.
9 ¾ inches, 24.8 cm diameter
- From the collection of a private Nordic gentleman, acquired in Beijing in the 1950’s.
- It is very rare to find Daoguang pieces with a six-character mark as opposed to a six-character seal mark, the calligraphy is very similar to the hand used on the Xianfeng pieces and would therefore indicate this dish was produced in 1849 or 1850, before the mini revival in Xianfeng.
- A similar, slightly larger dish of this identical pattern, bearing a Xianfeng mark, is illustrated by Peter Lam in Imperial Porcelain of Late Qing from the Kwan Collection, Art Gallery, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1983, no. 88, p. 98.
Excellent condition; very small area of sand spots in the glaze from the firing at 5 o’clock on the front of the dish in the white wide band.
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