Here is a very decorative Chinese plate that has many hallmarks of dating to the early Kangxi period 1662–1722. However, my knowledge of this era of Chinese ceramics is limited, and I’ve provided plenty of photos at various angles so you can judge the age for yourself. It is eight and three-quarters inches in diameter, and decorated in cobalt blue: It is marked on the back with an artemisia leaf--a traditional form of mark for this period. The beautiful scene shows a pheasant (or perhaps a phoenix) on a rock, surrounded by peonies and leaves, and the ribbed edge has stylized flower decoration in spirals. The wide rim is molded with many shallow ribs. The style closely resembles early Kangxi wares and I think that's what it is. The surface has some glaze flaws but there is no damage to the plate.
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