KANGXI 1662 – 1722. Chinese Export Porcelain

A Rare Kangxi Blue and White Porcelain Plate c.1690 – 1710. The Highly Unusual Subject Matter Consists of a Shallow River with a Rabbit and a Horse Approaching an Elephant. The Border Depicts What Appear to be Sea-Creatures, While the Back is of Stylised Clouds. The Base with an Apocryphal Chenghua Mark, Ming Dynasty 1465 – 1487.


A 'T' shaped crack from the rim.
Diameter : 16 cm (6 1/4 inches).
The Clive D. Collins Collection of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art.
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We have not been able to identify the subject matter and so would be grateful for assistance.

Apocryphal marks are frequently encountered on Kangxi Blue and White Porcelain, the mark of the Ming Emperor Chenghua who reigned from 1465 to 1487 being by far the most common, other Ming marks being Jiajing (1522-1566) and less frequently Wanli (1573-1620). These marks were not added to the piece to deceive, but more as a sign of reverence to earlier potters from the Ming dynasty. Occasionally they are used on pieces copying Ming Porcelain, these were probably made for collectors who could not afford the Ming original.