Produced in the Kangxi period (1661-1722), this fine plate was intended for the export market and painted in the fashionable Japanese style. Jingdezhen's monopoly on porcelain production was broken in 1616 when Japanese potters at Arita figured out how to produce their own porcelain wares. These were exported to the outside world from the port at Imari, and their dramatic combination of underglaze blue with overglaze red and gold proved an enormous success. The demand for “Imari” wares was such that Chinese potters, during the Kangxi era, began producing their own versions, combinaing Imari colors with famille verte enamels. The design of this particular plate, with its painted scroll combining one art form with another, could easily be mistaken as being Japanese in origin, but its foot rim, paste, and the green enamel of the bird’s feathers are distinctly Chinese. Full of pleasure and energy, it’s a beautiful example of the successful interaction between cultures that international trade at its best can generate.
Diameter: 22.7 cm.
Condition: Overall very good; normal light wear to the enamel; faint hairline (see pictures).
Ex Anthony J. Allen