Ca. 1700 – 1720
Kangxi Period, Qing Dynasty
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt blue
d: 15.5 cm / 6.1 in
Basically perfect condition, typical fritting to rim
From a Dutch private collection
Women often represent an aesthetic ideal in Chinese art. In particular, early 18th century Chinese portrayals of women feature willowy, svelte beauties–at once wistfully gracefully, and at once sensuous. These images (such as the central scene painted in this dish) typically en-cloister women in the “private” domestic sphere of gardens and household interiors.
Please note that this particular dish is extremely delicately made with its thin body, white luminous glaze, and molded shape. It features a well-written Chenghua six-character mark.