CATALOGUE NUMBER 0819
IRON-RED GROUND FAMILLE VERTE DISH
KANGXI PERIOD (1661-1722)
Diameter: 14 ¾ inches
Ralph M. Chait Galleries, New York, 2001
Iron-red ground famille verte plate, of broad saucer shape, with round flat central section and expanding cavetto with slightly flaring lip. It rests upon a short foot ring and has a slightly recessed underfoot. The center of the plate is decorated with a hexagonal-shaped reserve filled with birds among rockery and flowering plants. This central reserve is surrounded by six petal shaped reserves alternating decorated with "Precious Antiques" and a court lady and child in a balustrade garden of a palace. In between are six additional smaller reserves filled with stylized floral decor. All of the reserve decorations are painted in famille verte overglaze enamels. The reserves are set upon a deep rouge de fer ground. At the lip is a narrow border decorated with flower heads in famille verte enamels upon a seeded green ground. The reverse side of the plate is glazed white. The underfoot bears in its center an apocryphal mark of a fungus set within double rings in underglaze blue.