A rare pair of wucai 'fish' dishes Kangxi
Lot 329
A rare pair of wucai 'fish' dishes Kangxi
Sold for £25,200 (US$ 42,356) inc. premium
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A rare pair of wucai 'fish' dishes Kangxi
Lot Details
The Property of a Lady
A rare pair of wucai 'fish' dishes
Each with shallow rounded sides, the central medallion decorated with two iron-red carp amidst aquatic plants, one swimming and the other leaping in a lotus pond, the cavetto with five further carp swimming amidst waterweeds and flowers, repeated on the underside, each with an apocryphal Jiajing six-character mark.
20.9cm (8¼in) diam. (2).


  • Provenance: an English private collection

    Wucai dishes with this decoration are rare. This design is seen on Jiajing period dishes and vases. Compare a Jiajing mark and of the period blue and white dish, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Blue and White Porcelain with Underglaze Red (II), Hong Kong, 2000, pl.128. See also a wucai 'fish' jar, Jiajing mark and of the period, from the Palmer collection, sold in these rooms on 14 May 2009, lot 54.

    Kangxi dishes of this design bear either six-character Kangxi marks, 'zai chuan zhi le' (Discovering joy in the river) marks, or the apocryphal Jiajing six-character mark as on the present lot. A similar pair with apocryphal Jiajing marks was sold at Christie's Hong Kong on 27 May 2008, lot 1758.