From our Chinese Blue and White Collection, a very fine, large, and rare late Shunzhi / early Kangxi porcelain charger circa 1645-1665. This charger is well-painted in a rich blue featuring symmetrically arranged peony sprays within a six-pointed star-shaped central medallion, surrounded on the cavetto with a continuous ring of ruyi head motifs. The reverse features an uncommon double footrim along with Buddhist symbols on the outer border. Interestingly, "chatter marks," (radial lines around the footrim), which are often seen on late Ming and Transitional Period wares including certain kraakware pieces, can be seen here too around the footrim in photograph # 8. This helps attribute this piece to that same era bridging the gap between the late Ming and very early Kangxi period. Once the kilns were more firmly under Emperor Kangxi's control after the Interregnum, potting techniques were more strictly scrutinized, and chatter marks were eventually no longer seen.
Size and Condition: 14 1/4 inches in diameter, 3 1/4 inches deep, and very heavily potted weighing nearly 4 1/2 pounds. Some slight warping which is common for such heavily potted, open-form pieces like plates and chargers.