China, c1690-1700



The fancifully painted molded deep dish delicately potted with a fine glaze,

having a central roundel with a phoenix in flight*

amongst peonies and scrolling leaves within a double blue line,

the cavetto and rim molded in eight swirling panels,

the panels also separated by double blue lines and painted with further peonies and scrolls

alternating with monkeys seated in tree branches, eating peaches**;

the verso generously painted with peony sprays between a single blue edge line and four

blue lines at the footrim, centering an underglaze blue lotus flowerhead within concentric

circles; bearing a paper label stating

“after a European silver model”, and another for “SHERWOOD COLLECTION”

(Some of the export in the Mottahedeh Collection also bore the Sherwood label verso)


Ref :

A plate of identical form and decoration, with variation only in rim flora

is illustrated, Masterpieces of Chinese Export Porcelain, Howard and Ayers, p. 35, Pl. 18,

where it is described :

"A fine and characteristic example of K'ang Hsi cobalt-blue

and (white) style of painting.  The plate imitates a common European silver form,

which may however have been transmitted by way of an intermediary in delftware."

(Scroll down for illustration)


*Phoenixes are common in Chinese decoration and symbolize the Empress, and as they are

supposed to preside over the South, represent the warmth of the sun and summer harvest.


** Less common are monkeys eating peaches, which refers to the legend that a monkey stole he peaches of Immortality from the garden on Xi Wangmu, Queen Mother of the West". (from a 16th century novel)

Condition : Excellent, with a few minor rim and footrim nicks, and characteristic

glaze skips – all quite appropriate to age and usage


8.5” Diameter 













Masterpieces of Chinese Export Porcelain, Howard & Ayers, p. 35, Pl. 18




Also See :



Good Kangxi Moulded (after Delftware) Blue & White Deep Dish

China, c1690-1700




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Fine Kangxi Chinese Export Blue & White Silver-Molded Deep Dish, c1690-1700