From our Chinese Blue and White Collection, a very fine Kangxi Period (1662-1722) porcelain plate with flower basket motif, the border executed with cash diaper design interspersed with four vignettes of floral sprigs. This piece is export ware but still arguably "Chinese taste" given the understated elegance and restraint from over-decoration. The genius of its appeal is in the wonderful balance between the painted areas and the areas of unpainted white reserve, which provide lovely contrast to the rich tones of underglaze blue. The shading of the leaves here is subtle but also supremely well-accomplished, making this plate a very fine if not superb example of its genre. It was originally one of a pair, but its match has already been sold separately.
Size and Condition: 8 1/8 inches in diameter. Very light fritting to rim edges and one short glaze line about 2 inches in length. This is almost imperceptible to the eye and very easy to miss. It is limited to the depth of the glaze only, and does not go through to the back like a true hairline.