Chinese porcelain blue and white deep circular dish, the well of the centre painted in reverse technique with a boy holding a branch of peony flowers amongst stylised scrolling foliage on a blue ground roundel under a band of blossoms and stylised scrolls, the exterior painted with flower branches.
6 1/4 inches, 15.5 cm diameter.
The base with a six-character mark of Kangxi within a double ring and of the period, circa 1670.
- Property from the collection of Tang Shaoyi (1862-1938), the first prime minister of the Republic of China, and thence by descent.
- A similarly decorated dish with Kangxi mark and of the period, from the collection of Mr. P. J. Donnelly, was included by Sir Harry Garner, John Ayers and Soame Jenyns in The Arts of Ch’ing Dynasty, Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society, 1963/4, volume 35, no. 98, pl. 39.
- A similarly decorated bowl with Kangxi mark and of the period was included by Marchant in their exhibition of The Bertil J. Hogstrom Collection, Kangxi Blue and White Porcelain (1662-1722), no. 9, pp. 20/1.