A Chinese porcelain famille verte dish with flat everted rim and foliate edge, painted in the centre with a qilin looking up at a phoenix bird in flight, amongst flowering peony with pine tree, lingzhi and rockwork, beneath clouds and the moon, encircled by a shaped wide band divided into eight panels, painted with fabulous creatures including, speckled feline, Buddhist lion, qilin and phoenix, deer and crane, between chrysanthemum, lotus, peony and camellia, the rim with butterfly reserves on a flower head diaper ground.
14 ½ inches, 36.8 cm diameter.
*The underside with artemesia leaf within a double ring.Kangxi 1662-1722.
*The artemisia leaf is illustrated by Gerald Davison in The Handbook of Marks on Chinese Ceramics, no.1805, where the author describes it as a symbol of healing and health.
*Formerly in the collection of the Daelemans family, the famous Belgian industrialists.
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