Chinese Imperial porcelain famille verte deep saucer dish with gently flared rim, painted with two branches of fruiting persimmon and pomegranate amongst leaves, all on a white ground carved with three anhua five-clawed dragons in pursuit of flaming pearls amongst stylized clouds and flames, the underside with two branches of flowering peony and camellia on a similar white carved ground with two further dragons above a band of lappets.

9 ¾ inches, 24.8 cm diameter.

Six-character mark of Kangxi within a double ring in underglaze blue and of the period, circa 1700.

• Formerly in the Walter & Phyllis Shorenstein Collection, USA.

• Sold by Sotheby’s Hong Kong, in their auction of Important Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art, Jade Carvings and Jadeite Jewellery, 24th-25th November, 1987, no. 195.

• Sold by Christie’s Hong Kong, in their auction of Luminous Colours: Treasures from the Shorenstein Collection, 1st December 2010, lot no. 2963, pp. 114-115.

• Included by Marchant in their catalogue of Qing Porcelain, 2011, no. 6, pp. 14-15.

• A similar dish is illustrated bu Zheng Xinmiao in Compendium of Collection s in The Palace Museum, Vol. 24, no. 192, inventory no. Gu 188650, pp. 282-283; another is illustrated by Wang Qingzheng in Kangxi Porcelain Ware from the Shanghai Museum Collection, no. 144, pp. 222-223; another, is illustrated by Christina Chu, Tang Hoi-choi and Laurence C. S. Tam in The Wonders of The Potter’s Palette, Qing Ceramics from the Hong Kong Museum of Art, no. 22, pp. 56-57; another, in the National Palace Museum, Taiwan is illustrated in the catalogue, Enamelled Ware of The Ch’ing Dynasty, Book 1, pl. 8; a further example is illustrated by Ho Kam Chuen, Anita Wong Yin Fong and Tang Hoi Chui in Chinese Porcelain, The S.C.Ko. Tianminlou Collection, no. 80; two others were included in the Osaka City Museum Exhibition, The Beauty of Qing Dynasty Works of Art, 1992, no. 59, p. 25.

• A dish of this pattern from the collection of Professor D. R. Laurence, formerly in the collection of Colonel Poyser, was included by Marchant in their exhibition of Selected Chinese Porcelain from the Collection of Professor D.R. Laurence, 2010, no. 28, pp. 50-51, no. 28, pp. 50-51.

• A similar dish decorated only with peaches, also from the Colonel Poyser Collection was included by Marchant in their Recent Acquisitions catalogue, 2001, no. 11, p. 11.

• It is rare to find dishes of this design where the white ground is not stained, the colour has not run from the outlines and the anhua is clear. These dishes were extremely difficult to fire and were often removed from the kiln with staining, which is not apparent on this example.


 素三彩暗刻雲龍花果紋盤 清康熙 大清康熙年制款 Walter & Phyllis Shorenstein 伉儷舊藏

Condition: Excellent


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