A PAIR OF BLUE AND WHITE 'LOTUS' DISHES QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD |
4,000 - 6,000 USD
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- Diameter 8 1/4 in., 21 cm
each with gently curved sides rising to an everted rim, painted in varying tones of blue with two egrets in a pond amid budding, flowering, and leafing lotus, one bird enjoying the shelter of a large lotus leaf, the water depicted with fine lines and pale blue wash, all within a line border at the rim, the exterior encircled by leafy bamboo on one dish, the other with floral sprigs, the base with an underglaze blue wan symbol within a double square within a double circle (2)
Ralph M. Chait Galleries, New York.
The particular combination of a pair of egrets, lotus pond, and reed painted on this pair of dishes is more than simply an aesthetically pleasing composition. The grouping of these three elements illustrate the benevolent wish lulu lianke, 'May you pass the civil service examinations, one after the other.'