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POWDER-BLUE DISH

KANGXI PERIOD (1662-1722)

26.5 cm diameter

The dish rises from a short tapering foot to gently rounded sides with flaring rim. The interior is painted in underglaze blue with a smiling monk wearing loose robes and large earrings. The figure is reserved against an even ground of underglaze powder-blue. The outer rim is left white. The exterior is freely painted in underglaze blue with two sprigs of bamboo, the base with a square seal within a double ring. 

The present dish belongs to a rare group of powder-blue dishes probably produced during a very short period within the Kangxi reign. Only one other dish with this design in powder-blue and copper-red seems to be known, illustrated in Wang Qingzheng, Kangxi Porcelain Wares from the Shanghai Museum Collection, Shanghai, 1998, pl.82.

Provenance:

Formerly in an important French private collection, acquired in the 1950s.