A large Chinese blue and white “equestrian warriors” deep dish. Kangxi period. Chenghua mark.
Decorated in underglazed blue and painted in the center with five warriors each astride a galloping horse, within eight radiating ovoid panels enclosing alternating prunus and peony trees, reserved on a scale pattern ground, the underside of the rim with flowering branches and ruyi-heads. Apocryphal Chenghua mark in underglaze blue.
- Period :
- Kangxi (1662-1722)
- 13.38 in. (34.5 cm)
- Reference :
For a very similar deep dish (same dimension), with the label of Jorge Welsh (London, 2004), see Sotheby’s NYC, Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, 17 september 2013, lot 312.
A saucer with similar decoration, also bearing a Chenghua mark, is illustrated by Christiaan J. A. Jörg in Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rikjsmuseum (Amsterdam, London, 1997, p. 94, no. 82).
For this type of dish, with different scenes to the center, and different decorations on the rim, see Christie’s London, European Noble and Private Collections, 13 décember 2011, lot 436.
This scene illustrates probably a battle from the Yuan dynasty.