March 22, 07:08 PM GMT
8,000 - 12,000 USD
A famille-verte 'birthday' dish
Mark and period of Kangxi
清康熙 五彩麻姑獻壽圖盤 《大清康熙年製》款
the base with a six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle
Diameter 9⅞ in., 25.1 cm
Christie's London, 4th May 1970, lot 105.
Collection of Dr Wou Kiuan (1910-1997).
Wou Lien-Pai Museum, 1970-present, coll. no. Q.3.21.
Rose Kerr et al., Chinese Antiquities from the Wou Kiuan Collection. Wou Lien-Pai Museum, Hong Kong, 2011, pl. 133.
柯玫瑰等，《Chinese Antiquities from the Wou Kiuan Collection. Wou Lien-Pai Museum》，香港，2011年，圖版133
The present dish is a rare example of a group of finely potted and painted 'birthday' dishes, featuring auspicious themes of longevity, made at the imperial kilns at Jingdezhen, most likely to commemorate the Kangxi Emperor's (r. 1662-1722) sixtieth birthday in 1713.
Compare another 'birthday dish' with the same subject of Magu together with a spotted deer and cart from the Qing Court Collection, illustrated in Kangxi, Yongzheng, Qianlong, Qing Porcelain from the Palace Museum Collection, Hong Kong, 1989, pl. 52 and another first sold at Christie's London, 12th December 1977, lot 199 and again in their Hong Kong rooms, 3rd November 1996, lot 589, illustrated in Anthony du Boulay, Christie's Pictorial History of Chinese Ceramics, Oxford, 1984, p. 227, pl.2.