The decoration of five fu dogs is painted in clear, rich tones of cobalt blue characteristic of the Kangxi period. The playful creatures are prancing among stylized ribbons, clouds and flames in a design that fills the entire interior base. The upward, slightly flaring sides are decorated and the thin rim is protected by a narrow bronze band that appears to have been applied shortly after the piece was made. The back of the dish is undecorated except for a four-character commendation mark in underglaze blue on the base. The footring is unglazed and there is a bit of fine kiln grit adhering. There is one divot or small depression in the center of the upper-right character which is where a small support was placed for firing often seen on pieces from this period. It is in very good condition overall, no chips or cracks. There is minor soiling from age and use.
Height: 1 ½ in.; Diameter: 7 in.