This is a beautiful set of five deep plates made in China for export to the West in the late Kangxi era, ca 1730.

 

The plates are very lightly potted in blueish glaze. The decoration was executed under the glaze in blue. All plates are beautifully painted with pine trees and some peonies in the background. The rim consists of peonies set in panels along a dense band of foliage. The plates have four flowers on the underside.

 

The trees on these plates have extraordinary character; each one is slightly different and conveys strength and beauty. The pine tree is a popular symbol in Chinese porcelain; it represents longevity, virtue and solitude. The pine tree is also a symbol of the New Year. The peony stands for good luck and spring.

 

The plates have a thin ochre rim and are unmarked on the underside.

 

Provenance: from the collection of a Dutch collector, who purchased these in the late 1940s/early 1950s at a local Dutch auction.

 

CONDITION REPORT The plates are in beautiful condition, however three of the plates have hairline cracks, an example is visible in the last picture. There are a few small nicks on the rims. One plate is a bit crazed. The damage does not detract from the beauty; the decorations are still beautiful.

 

Antique porcelain is never perfect. Everything was handwork and kilns were fired on wood or coal, creating a lot of dust and other particles that could get baked into the porcelain by accident. Due to the shrinkage in the kiln, items can have small firing lines, which should not be seen as damage but as an imperfection of the time of production. I will reflect any damage, repairs, obvious stress marks, crazing or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks, stains and gilt disintegration can be normal for vintage items and need to be taken into account.

 

There is widespread confusion on the internet about the difference between chips and nicks, or hairlines and cracks. I will reflect any damage as truthfully as I can, i.e. a nick is a tiny bit of damage smaller than 1mm and a chip is something you can easily see with the eye; a glazing line is a break in the glazing only; hairline is extremely tight and/or superficial and not picked up by the finger; and a crack is obvious both to the eye and the finger. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures.

 

DIMENSIONS 22cm (8.75") diameter; 3.5cm (1.5") high.

 

SHIPPING I ship worldwide from the UK, mostly by Royal Mail 2nd Class for the UK and International Tracked and Signed for the rest of the world. I am happy to combine shipping charges on multiple items - please contact me to discuss. In principle I do not make a profit on shipping although for simplicity's sake I charge flat shipping fees. If the fee charged greatly exceeds the actual cost I will gladly refund you the difference - at the same time if it is slightly lower I will gladly make up the difference. In some countries shipping will end up significantly more than the expected fees and I will contact you to discuss our options. PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING SHIPPING COSTS AND OPTIONS.

Set of 5 Chinese Export plates, Pine Trees and Peonies, KangXi ca 1730

SKU: CP06-63
£675Price
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