7.2 x 39.6cm
The best porcelain of the Kangxi period has pure white body, smooth clear glazes and skilfully applied, sophisticated decoration. Apart from blue and white, the main porcelain product of the period was 'famille verte', a term coined in the middle of the nineteenth century by the French ceramic collector, Albert Jacquemart to refer to the large group of ceramics in which the prevailing colour within the over-glaze enamel repertoire was green. The auspicious imagery on this fine example of 'famille verte' porcelain is from Daoist philosophy. Xi Wangmu, Queen Mother of the Western paradise, where the peaches of longevity grow, is depicted accompanied by an attendant. A spotted deer (symbol of longevity) draws a cart carrying an elixir. Bats, symbols of happiness, reinforce the good wishes, while the reverse of the dish is decorated with 100 archaic Daoist variations of the character 'shou' (longevity).
'Asian Art', AGNSW Collections, 1994. pg. 203.
Ewen McDonald (Australia) (Editor), The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, Sydney, 1994, 203 (colour illus.).
Annabel Davie (Editor), Art Gallery of New South Wales Handbook, Domain, 1988, 76 (illus.).
Mr V V W Fretwell (Australia) (Compilator), Mr L G Harrison (Australia) (Compilator), Ivan McMeekin (Australia, b.1919, d.1993) (Compilator), J. Hepburn Myrtle (Australia, b.1911, d.1998) (Compilator), Chinese ceramics, Sydney, 1965, 28, 42 (iilus.). cat.no. 118, plate no. 24
J. Hepburn Myrtle (Australia, b.1911, d.1998) (Author), Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Sydney, 1977, 27. cat.no. 45
'Chinese Porcelain in the Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales' by Julian Thompson, pg. 96-103., Orientations Sep 2000, Sep 2000, 102 (illus.; colour illus.). fig.11 and 11a (mark)
'The Marvel of Porcelain', The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales 2003, 2003, 124 (colour illus.).
'Porcelain power' by Jackie Menzies, pg. 30-31., Look Feb 2009, Feb 2009, 30 (colour illus.), 31 (colour illus.). image on page 30 is the front and image on page 31 is the back.
Chinese Ceramics, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 11 Aug 1965–12 Sep 1965.
Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 18 Feb 1977–26 Jun 1977.
Great gifts, great patrons, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 17 Aug 1994–19 Oct 1994.