KANGXI 1662 – 1722 Six Character Kangxi Mark and of the Period
A Large Kangxi Blue and White Porcelain Dish. The Thickly Potted Shaped Circular Form Boldly Decorated in a Strong Cobalt Blue with a Flowering Plant Issuing From Rockwork. The Border and Back with Further Flowering Plants. The Base with a minyao Six Character Kangxi Mark and of the Period (1662-1722).
Condition: In good condition. The footrim has a flake chip to the inside edge c.25 x 5 mm and other but much smaller chips to the footrim. There are a few small frits to the rim.
Size: Diameter : 36 cm (14 inches)
Provenance:From a Private English Collection of Chinese and Japanese Porcelain.
R & G McPherson Antiques Stock Number 21370.
A Private Italian Collection of Blue and White Chinese Porcelain.
Reign Marks on Kangxi Blue and White Porcelain :
Kangxi blue and white export porcelain object are sometimes found with the six character mark of the emperor Kangxi (1662-1722) to the base. These none-imperial reign marks are referred to as minyao in Chinese, denoting them as `popular wares` not destined for court use. However the majority of the marked pieces bare the mark of earlier Ming dynasty emperors, some are Jiajing (1522-1566), occasionally Wanli (1573-1620) but by far the most commonly encountered marks are those of Chenghua (1465-1487). David Howard in `The Choice of the Private Trader` (David S. Howard, Zwemmer, 1994) notes that “The Chenghua mark …. was not intended as a forgery, but rather as a compliment to the quality of the piece and to replace the mark of Kangxi who had forbidden the use of his name on porcelain made for export after 1682; a ban which nominally remained in force until the late 19th century”. It appears this ban was not enforced, or if it was only partly enforced, as we have had many Kangxi export pieces made after this date (1682) that bare the six character Kangxi mark. It is worth noting that many 19th century copies of Kangxi blue and white porcelain bare a four character Kangxi mark, something you do not on the original, all Kangxi marks on porcelain of the period were of six character form.