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A NEAR PAIR OF CHINESE FAMILLE VERTE DISHES
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A NEAR PAIR OF CHINESE FAMILLE VERTE DISHES

KANGXI (1662-1722), EACH WITH JOHANNEUM INVENTORY MARK N:9I

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A NEAR PAIR OF CHINESE FAMILLE VERTE DISHES
KANGXI (1662-1722), EACH WITH JOHANNEUM INVENTORY MARK N:9I
Each with a moulded rim, decorated overall with sprays of exotic flowers and foliage and centred by a lobed medallion, each with Johanneum marks 'N:9I' and underglazed blue leaf mark, one plate decorated with further floral sprays to the reverse
14½ in. (37 cm.) diameter (2)
Provenance
Frederick Augustus I (1670-1733), Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, known as Augustus II the Strong, whose porcelain collection was partly removed to the Johanneum in Dresden in 1876.
Bought from The Chinese Porcelain Company, 475 Park Avenue, New York, 31 May 2000.
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Lot Essay

The Johanneum marks denote that these dishes were in the Collection of Augustus The Strong, and housed in the Japanese Palace in Dresden. Johanneum was 'the building at Dresden, now a museum, containing the former Royal Saxon Porcelain Collection started and largely formed in the so-called Japanese Palace by Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony. The specimens belonging to the old Collection bear marks referring to an inventory begun in 1721' (W.B. Honey, European Ceramic Art, pp.337 and 338). A dish of comparable size and with Johanneum inventory marks is in the Salting Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum (ill. W. B. Honey, Guide to the Later Chinese Porcelain, London, 1927, plate 118; and exhibited, Porcelain for Palaces, 1650-1750, London, 1990, no. 257, p. 236). A pair of comparable Imari dishes with Johanneum inventory marks was sold, Christie's, London, 11 July 2006, lot 177 (£15,600 including premium).

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