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Rare Large Chinese Imari Porcelain Charger

Kangxi period, ca: early 18th century


Finely decorated with a central reserve of fish, surrounded by exuberant floral designs, all painted in deep enamel colors and underglaze blue.  The decoration is much influenced by Japanese designs of the period, as both countries were vying for the European market. 
Diameter: 18 1/2 inches (47 cm.)

We have seen the type of decoration on the interior of bowls but never as the sole design on a large plate.  Related vases and porcelains may be found in important historic European collections such as that of Augustus the Strong, now in the Zwinger Museum, Dresden.

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