From our Chinese Blue and White Collection, a very fine and rare pair of Kangxi Mark and Period (1662 - 1722) aster dishes, ex- Christie's (see last photos for actual Christie's catalog listing), well-executed in a deep Mohammedan blue, with three aster blooms painted amidst a reserve of scrolling tendrils on shallow petal-lobed bodies. These are encircled by sixteen aster sprays symmetrically painted on the border and repeated on the reverse, along with the six character Kangxi Mark (and of the period) contained within double circles.
The aster pattern is a well- known motif, with examples more often seen in the better Dutch collections. But aster pattern pieces that are ALSO Kangxi Mark and Period, are very rare indeed. Larger dishes of this same pattern, but not Mark and Period, can be seen in the Rijksmuseum: See Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Ming and Qing Dynasties (Christiaan J. A. Jorg, Rijiksmuseum, 1997) page 95, item 85.
Size and Condition: Perfect condition. 6 1/8” diameter (15.5 cm).