Early 18th century
Kangxi period, Qing Dynasty
Porcelain with overglaze enamels; Jingdezhen ware
D: 22.2 cm
A star shaped hairline radiating from the center, but rather invisible and displays fine
From a Sandwich, MA estate
Description & Notes
Jingdezhen's monopoly on porcelain production was broken in 1616 when Japanese potters at Arita figured out how to produce their own porcelain wares. Exported to the outside world from the port at Imari, Japanese-made porcelain with their compelling combination of underglaze blue with overglaze red and gold proved an enormous success. The demand for “imari” wares was such that Jingdezhen potters, during the Kangxi era, began producing their own versions. The resultant pieces, made for export, were often a combination of imari colors with famille verte enamels.
This particular plate can be easily mistaken as Japanese in origin. However, its foot rim, paste, and green enamel applied to the bird is decidedly Chinese. I see it as something of the best of two world: a successful combination of Chinese and Japanese aesthetics in a lovely composition. This plate is easily one of the most attractive and artistic Kangxi period plates I have come across. The gorgeous excess of the border is offset well by the elegant reserve of the central painting (disguised as a scroll.) A great use of positive and negative space.