KANGXI IMPERIAL SIX CHARACTER MARK AND OF THE PERIOD 1662 – 1722 Kangxi Mark and Period
An Imperial Kangxi Blue and White Porcelain Dish, Pan. The Base with a Six Character Kangxi Mark and of the Period 1662-1722. The Center Decorated in Strong Tones of Cobalt Blue with Three Open Lotus Flowers Supported by a Carefully Controlled Symmetrical Design of Curved Lotus Stems and Smaller Flowers Seen Side-on. The Reverse with a Continuous Undulating Stem of Lotus with Six Large Flowers.
Condition: In perfect condition.
Size: Diameter: 15 cm (6 inches)
Provenance:S.Marchant & Son, purchased about 20 years ago.
A Private English Collection of Chinese and English Blue and White Porcelain.
References:For an Imperial Kangxi blue and white porcelain dish of this size and design see : The Bertil J. Högström Collection of Kangxi Blue and White Porcelain (Marchant, 120 Kensington Church Street, 3rd-15th November 2011) pages 50 and 51.
An Imperial Ming Design :
This Lotus design is a Kangxi revival of a Ming original from the early 15th century. Two Xuande mark and period bowls of this design are in the Palace Museum in Beijing. The Kangxi revival of this pattern was used on Imperial porcelain dishes of this size until the end of the Qing dynasty. Bowls were also made but these are normally from the Kangxi period.
The lotus is one of the most important symbols in the Chinese art. This Buddhist emblem is a symbol of purity, as the perfect flower grows out of muddy ponds without a stain. The words for lotus in Chinese has the same meaning as to bind, connect (in marriage). It is one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism. It is the flower used to represent summer.