A large famille verte and underglaze blue 'Provinces' dish, Kangxi, circa 1720

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Lot 9
A large famille verte and underglaze blue 'Provinces' dish,
Kangxi, circa 1720

Sold for £ 6,875 (US$ 8,499) inc. premium

Asian Art

11 Sep 2014, 10:30 BST

London, Knightsbridge

Property of a European Noble Family
A large famille verte and underglaze blue 'Provinces' dish,
Kangxi, circa 1720
Painted in coloured enamels and gilt to the centre with the arms of 'Nameur', on a ground of peony blooms and birds, a small jardiniere at the bottom issuing daisies, the cavetto and rim with shaped panels of sea creatures, blossoming boughs and figures seated in gardens and on riverbanks, all on underglaze blue diaper pattern grounds, metal rim mount.
43.2cm (17in) diam.

Footnotes

  • Series of dishes in four patterns were ordered in China in the 1720's with the arms of the principal towns and provinces of present day Belgium and the Netherlands, plus the arms of England and France. Twenty three different arms seem to comprise each complete series.
    C. Le Corbeiller has pointed out that the spellings would suggest a Dutch clientele, and that the groupings suggest the borders of this region after the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht which ended the War of the Spanish Succession. In 1717 a Triple Alliance marked the new rapport of England, France and the Netherlands, and Le Corbeiller suggests that the dishes may have commemorated this relationship (China Trade Porcelain, pp.37-39).
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