KANGXI PERIOD (1662-1722)

16.5 cm diameter

The dish is supported on a short foot rising to rounded sides and a flat everted rim. The interior is painted in underglaze blue with two boats at a river shore. Aboard are three fishermen and a lady holding a small child. Two large willows are swaying in the wind, below a moon and distant mountain tops emerging from swirling clouds. The reverse side is painted with two elongated islands. The recessed base is inscribed with a six-character Chenghua mark within a double ring.

An almost identical dish in the collection of the National Palace Museum, Beijing is illustrated in Chen Runmin, Shunzhi and Kangxi Blue and White: Qing Dynasty Porcelain in the Collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing, 2005, pl.98.


Formerly in a Dutch private collection