A CHINESE FAMILLE-VERTE 'PHOENIX' DISH QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD
the sides of lobed form supported by a tapering foot and rising to a barbed rim, the center painted with a phoenix bird perched atop rockwork among blossoming peonies and under a wutong tree, with another phoenix bird soaring above amidst scrolling clouds, all within a diaper border interspersed with cartouches of flowers and foliage, the cavetto with panels painted with flowers issuing from rockwork, landscapes and' hundred antiques', the base with a zhi mark in underglaze blue.
Diameter: 14⅛ in.
The rim with multiple restored rim chips with associated yellowed overpaint. The largest restored section, previously out and with associated losses filled, measures approx. 4.5 by 1 cm. Overall with light wear to the surface and minor firing imperfections.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Ralph M. Chait Galleries New York, January 2006
Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, no. 360, p. 693, illus.
Phoenix birds are among one of the most popular motifs in Chinese art, along with the qilin and dragon. The decoration painted on the present example, one phoenix bird soaring above another perched beneath a Chinese parasol (wutong) tree with a rising sun in the background, symbolizes all good things in life. Further information on this topic is provided in Bartholomew, 2006, p. 160. A nearly identical example was sold in our London rooms, May 18, 2018, lot 400.