Blue and White Charger

c. 1900
$1,180 USD
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H: 3.0" Dia: 15.75"
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An elevated example of Chinese blue-and-white porcelain, this large footed dish charms with dark, cobalt-blue brushwork atop a cool white field. The plate is decorated with an all-over fish-roe pattern, resembling clouds swirling around the central motif of a phoenix in flight. The auspicious phoenix is an important symbol in Chinese culture a powerful mythical creature embodying prosperity and benevolence. The underside is brushed with abstract foliage and the base left unglazed. Charger plates like these can be used to create layers of visual interest to any table landscape.

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Blue & White Porcelain

Soon after its development in the Yuan dynasty (1271–1368 AD), blue-and-white underglaze porcelain became a favorite of the imperial court. Its broad appeal rapidly extended beyond China’s borders, becoming a lucrative export commodity highly sought after in Europe, the Middle East, and beyond.

Using cobalt imported from Western Asia, ceramic artists ground the mineral into a vibrant blue pigment that was then painted directly on a porcelain base, coated with clear glaze, and fired. This underglaze technique brought with it a shift in focus from the overall shape of a vessel to the skill and artistry traceable in its painted decoration.

Transcending time and taste, blue-and-white porcelain continues to be appreciated around the world for the intricate brushwork and brilliant blue color.

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