A good quality Chinese saucer dish with out-turned rim, decorated in underglaze blue, and dating from the Kangxi to Yongzheng period. The centre of the dish is decorated with a pair of fish swimming amongst water plants and between breaking waves. The reverse of the dish is further decorated with fish and water plants. The base has an appocryphal six-character Jiajing mark. Diameter 15.3cm (6")
This design of fish amongst water plants originated in the Ming Dynasty, but this is a later version.
Dating: Kangxi to Yongzheng c 1710-30
Condition: this dish is in excellent condition. There is one very small glaze frit at the rim (see final picture) and a small and shallow chip from inside the foot rim, which has been glazed over and must therefore have occurred in manufacture, which can be seen in the close up photograph of the foot rim at around 7 o’clock. No cracks or resoration.
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