From our Chinese Blue and White Collection, a very fine and elegant Kangxi Period (1662-1722) phoenix bowl, early Kangxi Period circa 1675-1690, decorated with two well-painted phoenixes and a treed outcropping, all well-executed in a strong blue against a delicately potted pure white body with everted rim. The interior features a single flower encircled within a medallion of double lines. The base is plain. The footrim is especially finely cut and very neatly glazed exposing just a narrow swath at the base that allows the pure white bisque to show. Double lines on the exterior. Overall the bowl is very well-executed with good balance between the painted areas and the negative space (unpainted areas). The potting, the painting, and the subject matter all point to an early Kangxi date.
Size and condition: 6 1/8 inches in diameter, 3 inches tall. Overall excellent condition and a good ring when tapped. There are 2 areas on the bottom of the bowl with minor discoloration where the glaze may have crawled or kiln ash has adhered, but these are minor and not visible unless viewed from the bottom. The bowl is also slightly warped due to the thin delicate potting, but altogether these are minor flaws for an otherwise exceptional example.