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Chinese Famille Verte Porcelain Dragon and Phoenix Plate

Kangxi period

Description

Of broad rounded form with flanged rim.  Decorated in the center with a large Dragon and Phoenix amidst cloud and flame designs.  The rim with varying reserves containing auspicious real and mythical animals in beauitful outdoor settings.  All finely painted in deep enamels.  The underfoot with apocryphal mark.
Diameter: 14 1/4 inches (36.8 cm.)
Note:  The subject of this plate is filled with symbolism of balance and auspicious wishes.  The Dragon and Phoenix are emblematic of the Emperor and Empress and by extension men and women; the fabulous animals convey wishes for prosperity, long life, and good tidings.

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