A striking light and dark porcelain plate with painting that has good line quality, shading, and interesting design. It has that look of Kangxi blue and white porcelain (but is from the 19th Century)
The thinly potted blue and white plate has a shallow and sharply cut unglazed foot ring. The cobalt used is a deep blue and the body clay is white with a nice white base glaze. The contrast of dark blue and white is very eye appealing.
The well of the plate is decorated with five figures. The older figure is an immortal with twins holding him up. Two other attendants lead the way with lanterns. The figures are well painted with good facial features, robe decoration and folds of clothing. The cavetto of the plate has a design of scholars and household objects surrounded by leafy branches.
There is the letter A in black on the back of the plate.
Provenance: From the Ellis Family collection, a well-known Pacific Northwest family. The Ellis' were pioneer settlers to the San Juan Islands in the late 19th century. The collection was purchased in the late 19th and early 20th Century.
9 3/8” (23.8 cm) diameter x 1” (2.5 cm) tall. Weighs 1 lb 2.0 oz (510 g)
There are no cracks, chips, or breaks, and the plate rings true. There are wear light scratches from wear. The glazes and plate are still bright and fresh looking.
A great eye catching blue and white plate that will go with so many decors. The deep blue is like a limpid pool that your eyes want to jump into.