London, South Kensington
6 September 2007
A large Chinese famille verte 'rice production' dish, Kangxi (1662-1722)
with rounded flared sides, decorated with a scene of men in a courtyard carrying and sifting rice over straw mats, with an attendant tending to a boy seated on a fence, all amidst rice paddies in a tree-strewn mountainous landscape, with a poetic inscription and two seals, encircled by a band with cartouches enclosing stylised dragons reserved on a floral alternating trellis and honeycomb grounds, underglaze blue lingzhi mark, mounted within a hardwood frame carved with confronting dragons amidst clouds pursuing the flaming pearl above waves with a leaping carp and two character inscription -- overall 17 7/8in. (45.4cm.) diam.
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