Blue and white porcelain plate with Xi xaingu ji
China, Kangxi period, 1662 – 1722
A circular porcelain plate with upturned rim, supported on a short foot. The interior is painted in underglaze blue with two figures, a male standing in front of a pavilion in a wooded landscape with a large rock and a female turning her head around to look at him. The rim is decorated with four sprays of peaches, reserved in cartouches on a ground of lozenge shaped diapers. The reverse rim is decorated with landscape scenes. The base in painted with the six-character mark of Chenghua.
Chenghua reign marks (the emperor reigned from 1464 to 1487) appear quite frequently on Kangxi period porcelain. They are said to be a tribute to the earlier emperor.