A porcelain dish

A porcelain dish

0510-048

Kangxi period
Diameter: 10 5/8 in, 27 cm

Supported on a broad, tapering foot ring, the sides of the shallow dish evert slightly at the rim. The dish is painted in the famille-verte palette and gilding with an elegant young lady, seated on a bench on a garden terrace, playing with a baby boy. The woman is wearing loose robes, her tiny feet protruding from the hems, and gilt jewellery and hair ornaments; her hair is swept up, and her finely painted face bears a happy, gently smiling expression. The boy is crawling on a flower-decorated blanket; he wears a short tunic, bracelets and anklets. A fan and a pair of castanets sit on the ground beside the blanket. The reverse is plain.

For dishes with very similar decoration, see Eastern Ceramics and other works of art from the collection of Gerald Reitlinger, no. 116, p. 53; and Honey, Guide to the Later Chinese Porcelain Periods of K’ang Hsi, Yung Cheng, and Ch’ien Lung, pl. 76, in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Note also similar examples painted with ladies in Catalogue of the International Exhibition of Chinese Art, 1935–6, no. 1719; and Ströber, “La maladie de porcelaine…” East Asian Porcelain from the Collection of Augustus the Strong, no. 28, pp. 70–1.