Sold Ceramics - Sold Chinese Imari 1700-1800 - Flowers, Animals and Long Elizas - Page 3
Height 33 mm (1.30 inch), diameter of rim 165 mm (6.50 inch), diameter of footring 88 mm (3.46 inch), weight 153 grams (5.40 ounce (oz.))
Cream dish on footring, flat underglaze brown-edged rim (jia mangkou). Chinese Imari, decorated in underglaze blue, overglaze iron-red and gold with flowering chrysanthemum and peony plants growing from pierced rockwork and a single pheasant standing on top of the pierced rockwork. Around the inner rim a scroll of foliage and flowering peony heads. The reverse is undecorated.
The pheasant on a rock is a very popular motif on export porcelain and frequently appears on enamelled and underglaze blue Kangxi wares. According to Williams, in the Chinese bureaucratic hierarchy officials of the second grade had a gold pheasant embroidered on their court robes, those of the fifth grade a silver pheasant. The bird was represented as standing on a rock, looking towards the sun, the imperial symbol of authority. (Williams 1976, pp.322-323), (Jörg & Van Campen 1997, p.157)
Condition: A firing flaw to the rim and a glaze hairline to base only visible on the reverse side.