A small Famille Verte biscuit porcelain table

Kangxi period, 1662-1722 AD, China
康熙時期 (1662 – 1722), 清代, 中國

Diameter: 19 cm

The circular thickly potted table top with waisted band and apron, is supported on three cabriole legs issuing from animal heads and terminating in claw feet.

The top is decorated with chrysanthemum flowers and grasses growing amongst rocks and inhabited by butterflies, all painted in a lively, spontaneous style in Famille Verte enamels of green, yellow, over glazed blue, white and black. The concave band and apron below is painted with a repeating inverted V in black enamel and glazed a dark green, the three legs enamelled in a pale yellow. The underside has been left in the biscuit.

The function of these tables is not certain but might well have been for the display of miniature objects on a scholars or merchants table.


Frank Partridge, London and New York.

Similar Examples

‘Catalogue of the Leonard Gow Collection of Chinese Porcelain’, by Robert Lockhart Hobson, 1931, London: George W. Jones, Plate LX No. 326 and Plate VI No. 328.

‘Chinesische Kunst’, Berlin 1929, figure 921.

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