Kangxi Saucer and Cup Set with Phoenixes

£ 300.00

A finely decorated set of blue and white glazed ceramic teacup and saucer from the Chinese Kangxi period. Both saucer and teacup display and intricate decoration comprising four phoenixes, a band of geometric decoration to the rim and a central medallion with a flower.

Date: Late 17th century AD
Period: Kangxi Period, Qing Dynasty
Provenance: From the 'Blue Chrysanthemum Wreck'; lost in the South China sea, recovered in 2014.
Condition: Very fine condition. Some chipping and light abrasions, dulling of glazed surfaces due to seawater exposure.


SKU: FP-153 Category: Tags: , , ,

The Kangxi period was one of the most productive period of Chinese ceramics. Blue and White glazed porcelain is probably the most immediately recognisable art production which flourished under this period. Blue-and-white porcelain was particularly admired by the Imperial court, and it was produced for both domestic use and for export outside China,  displaying various decorative pattern.

In Ancient Chinese mythology and culture the Chinese Phoenix, also known as Fenghuang, was a bird that symbolised the union of male and female. The Phoenix was also connected to the yin and yang, a core of Chinese philosophy, representing balance and harmony in the universe. The Chinese Phoenix was also a sign of virtue, harmony, and prosperity, often seen in decorations for weddings and royal ceremonies.

To find out more about the Blue and White Kangxi pottery please see our relevant blog post: Chinese Kangxi Blue and White Shipwreck Pottery.

Weight 107 g
Dimensions W 11 x H 4.5 cm



Pottery and Porcelain

Chinese Mythology

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