• Lot 153

    PLAT EN PORCELAINE A DECOR POLYCHROME

    CHINE, DYNASTIE QING, MARQUE A SIX CARACTERES ET EPOQUE KANGXI (1662-1722)

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    PLAT EN PORCELAINE A DECOR POLYCHROME
    CHINE, DYNASTIE QING, MARQUE A SIX CARACTERES ET EPOQUE KANGXI (1662-1722)
    De forme circulaire, l'intérieur décoré en émaux rouge de fer, bleu, vert, jaune, brun, aubergine et rehauts d'or, de quatre poissons nageant autour d'une carpe au centre, marque à six caractères de l'Empereur Kangxi en bleu sous couverte à la base ; sautes d'émail et petites égrenures à la bordure
    Diamètre: 33,1 cm. (13 in.)


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    Fish appeared as decoration on Chinese ceramics as early as the Neolithic period, and have remained a popular theme in Chinese art, especially ceramics and paintings, ever since. Much of the popularity of fish as a decorative theme, especially in later dynasties, hinges on the fact that the word for fish (yu) is a homophone for the word for abundance, and the word for carp (li) a homophone for the word for profit.
    Compare the current dish with a Kangxi bowl decorated with almost identical fishes (although the bowl is decorated inside and outside), illustrated in Kangxi Porcelain Wares from the Shanghai Museum Collection, 1998, pl.117, 117-1 and 117-2.
    See also an 18th century dish decorated with fishes and aquatic plants in Famille verte enamels, illustrated in C.J.A. Jörg, Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam - The Ming and Qing Dynasties, 1997, p.172, pl.192.
    Other examples are a Kangxi bowl with iron-red-decorated fishes sold in these Rooms, 13 June 2007, lot 202; and an iron-red-decorated 'fish' brushpot, sold in our Hong Kong Rooms, 28 November 2005, lot 1506.

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    Post Lot Text

    A POLYCHROME-DECORATED CIRCULAR DISH
    CHINA, QING DYNASTY, KANGXI SIX-CHARACTER MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1662-1722)