Pair of Chinese famille verte biscuit porcelain square trays, each with flat rims, painted with a standing phoenix bird on rockwork amongst peony and magnolia, one with a lingzhi branch, the other with an insect in flight, the undersides with four different branches of flowers including prunus and camellia. The bases with four-character marks of Yu hai tang zhi, ‘made for the Hall of the Jade Sea’ in black enamel within a double square.
5 ¼ inches, 13.3 cm diameter.
Early Kangxi, circa 1680.
• Formerly in a private English collection, Dorset.
• Included by Marchant in their exhibition of Kangxi Famille Verte, 2017, no. 7, pp. 22-23.
• Two similar trays painted with insects, rockwork and flowering plants are illustrated by John Ayers in Chinese Ceramics in the Baur Collection, Vol. 2, nos 153, 154, collection no (A.549,559), p. 29; another, is illustrated by Zheng Xinmiao and Li Ji in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum, Ceramics Volume 24, no. 194, collection no. XIN 100284, p. 286; two further similar dishes, one with fish in a lotus pond were included by Marchant in their catalogue of Important Chinese Porcelain from Private Collections, 2012, no. 19, pp. 46-47.
素三彩方盤一對 清康熙 玉海堂制款
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