Chinese blue and white moulded charger charger, Kangxi (1662-1722), painted in bright blue and white enamels, the central roundel with two feng; one perched upon rockwork surrounded by peony and forget me not, its mate flying above, the cavetto decorated with two bands of radiating petal panels containing chrysanthemum, peony and forget me not, the reverse with further sprays of flowers to the rim, an Artemisia leaf within concentric blue circles to the base; diameter: 36.5cm. (14 3/8in.), condition: slight fritting to rim. The phoenix, or feng huang, was a sacred bird of Chinese mythology believed to be king of all birds and symbol of good fortune, fertility and longevity. It is often depicted with the head of a pheasant, a long neck and the tail of a peacock and has long been regarded as the messenger of the Daoist Immortals.