IMPERIAL GUANGXU MARK AND PERIOD PHOENIX NARCISSUS POT
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A fine and rare Imperial Guangxu mark and period iron red phoenix narcissus pot. Of attractive begonia form standing on four feet, meticulously painted with eight phoenix medallions on the body in iron red and further with key fret borders on the averted mouthrim. The begonia form, the phoenix medallions and the key fret borders on the averted mouthrim are commonly seen in Imperial Chinese porcelains. Since the Tang dynasty when the first Imperial tribute Chinese wares (the Yue ‘mise’ type) were introduced, Chinese Imperial porcelains often have begonia forms . A Yue ‘mise’ type begonia basin is in the Shanghai Museum. Its base bears the Imperial Guangxu six character mark in iron red. This mark is identical to that of a dish in the Beijing Palace Museum, showing that both marks were inscribed by the same calligrapher (photo 10). There are numerous calligraphers who inscribed marks on Imperial porcelains during the Guangxu period. One of them inscribed the mark on this narcissus pot and the published dish and so narcissus pot is a high quality Imperial item. Date: Guangxu mark and period (AD1875 – 1908); Max. length: 21.6cm or 8.5”; Height: 6.8cm or 2.7”; Condition: small chip on the mouthrim as shown in the last photo, otherwise perfect; Provenance: old English private collection.