A beautiful Chinese Kangxi Period porcelain saucer decorated in a vibrant cobalt blue. This eight-panelled design, reminiscent of earlier Kraak export porcelain, mixes floral and geometric themes, and was designed to appeal to a wider audience, as pieces such as this were destined primarily for export. This saucer has been recovered from the Blue Chrysanthemum Shipwreck.
Date: Late 17th century AD Period: Kangxi Period, Qing Dynasty Provenance: From the Blue Chrysanthemum Wreck lost in the South China sea, late 17th century AD, recovered in 2014. Condition: Fine, complete and intact. Dulling of glazed surfaces due to seawater exposure.
The samples recovered from the Blue Chrysanthemum shipwreck are exclusively Ancient Chinese ceramics. The wares are predominately Kangxi Period blue and white porcelain, although multi-coloured ceramics and utilitarian wares are also in evidence in the cargo. The blue and white wares have been assessed to be excellent examples of early Chinese Kangxi blue and white porcelain, produced in the famous porcelain centre of Jingdezhen in the Jiangsu Province. Jingdezhen kilns made porcelain over two millennia, since the Han Dynasty period, reaching their technical excellence during the early Qing Dynasty. The very high quality cobalt blue colouring seen here is distinctive of the Kangxi Period porcelains, also referred to as ‘gem blue’ or ‘kingfisher blue’.
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