KANGXI 1662 – 1722. Chinese Taste Porcelain

A Kangxi Blue and White Porcelain Saucer. The Moulded Body Decorated with an Erotic Scene of a Scantly Clad Couple Together Below a Willow Tree.


Diameter : 11 cm (4 1/4 inches)
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This Kangxi Porcelain design has been interpreted in different ways, older descriptions sometimes refer to the design as depicting acupuncture. However this does seem unlikely, as it is not normally practised without clothes on and they do look rather happy. It could be that this was a rather coy description, when the real subject was known. Erotic designs are rare on Chinese Porcelain and seem to have been made for the domestic and local export market. It is though, not possible to rule this piece out as Export Porcelain for the European market as the form is so close to other Kangxi Export Porcelain. The design is quite unusual, but is the most common erotic design found on Chinese Porcelain. It normally appearing on saucers of this size, however sometimes teabowls and saucers are encountered. To my knowledge other forms do not occur with this distinctive pattern.