KANGXI 1662 – 1722 Chinese Export Porcelain

A Chinese Islamic Market Blue and White Porcelain Dish, Kangxi Period c.1685-1700. This Thickly Potted Dish is Painted with a Cone Design and was Made for the Ottoman and Persian Markets. The Decoration Consists of Six Cones Arranged Around a Central Design. The Double Foot Ring, Unglazed in the Middle, is Typical of the Period.


Good, a rim chip c.13 x 4mm and some minor glaze frits.
Diameter : 36.3 cm (14 1/4 inches).
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For a large Kangxi Cone design dish with six cones see : Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum Istanbul, A Complete Catalogue III, Qing Dynasty Porcelains (Regina Krahl, Sotheby`s 1986. ISBN 0-85667-184-3) page 980, plate 2061 and a dish with four cones is shown, 2060. A Persian blue and white dish of this design, probably based on a Kangxi example is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, inv.1166-1876. For another Kangxi blue and white porcelain dish of this design see : Azul E Branco Da China, Porcelana Ao Tempo Dos Descobrimentos (Coleccao Amaral Cabral, Portugal, 1997. ISBN 972-8137-66-4) page 169, plate 73.


Cone Designs on Kangxi Porcelain :
Sometimes referred to as palmette the cone pattern is an Islamic design that was originally made for the Egyptian market by cotton dyers in Gujarat. This stylised cone shape was later woven into Mamluk silks as well as Safavid and Mughal brocades, the form was sometimes filled with calligraphy. These brocades were widely traded and inevitably some ended up in China, the Chinese first used the design on porcelain during the reign of Kangxi (1662-1722). This design, normally in blue and white but sometimes in Famille Verte enamels, consists of varying numbers of cones with the bases arranged around a central design. Most of the Kangxi porcelain objects are large dishes, large deep bowls and Islamic form ewers. The majority of this information comes from an article in : Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society, Volume 71, 2006-2007. Kutahya Patterns, Out of The Blue, a lecture given by Yolande Crowe pages 45 to 52. Transactions of the Oriental Ceramics Society are now available on-line, this lecture can be found at http://doc.rero.ch/lm.php?url=1000,42,23,20080222145333-SK/kutahya-patterns.pdf