Each charger is decorated to the centre with a set of panels shaped as a flower head, with the centre enclosing a flower on a seeded ground surrounded by the petals enclosing alternating lotus, peony, camellia, and chrysanthemum reserved on a trellis ground. The rim is boldly decorated with cartcouches enclosing peaches in a vase interspersed by long-tailed peacocks on a scrolling chrysanthemum ground. Each base with four beribonned precious objects.
41.7 cm. diam.
Massive chargers in this classic pattern were a favorite of Chinese porcelain collectors worldwide. Examples from the royal collection at Dresden sold Christie's London, 19 May 2005; others are in James Whistler's famed Peacock Room, now at the Freer Gallery, Washington DC; another, also with fungus mark, in the Topkapi Saray is illustrated by Krahl and Ayers in the Catalogue of Chinese Ceramics, Vol. III, pl. 2300. A similar charger is illustrated in R. Krahl and J. Ayers, Chinese Export Porcelain in the Museum of Topkapi Saray, Istanbul, London, 1986, vol. III, no. 2300, p. 1050. Also see the V&A Museum Collection, museum number: C.792-1910.
Compare a larger 'peacock' charger sold at Christie's New York, 23 January 2008, lot 1.
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