a Chinese iron-red porcelain plate with lobbed rim, Kangxi period
a Good and quite rare Yongzheng period iron-red porcelain plate, also famous as “Melk en Bloed” in Dutch, which was specially ordered by north provinces of Netherland during the early 18th century. The decoration in the centre is inpired by one of the famous Chinese tale’s: The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl.
The love story is between Zhinü (織女; the weaver girl, symbolizing the star Vega) and Niulang (牛郎; the cowherd, symbolizing the star Altair). Their love was not allowed, thus they were banished to opposite sides of the heavenly river (symbolizing the Milky Way). Once a year, on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month, a flock of magpies would form a bridge to reunite the lovers for one day. There are many variations of the story.”The Cowherd and the Girl Weaver” originated from people’s worship of natural celestial phenomena, and later developed into the Qixi Festival. During the holidays, ancient women would make wishes to the stars of Vega and Altair in the sky, hoping to have a wise mind, dexterous hand and a good marriage. (Ref. Wikipedia)
Size: 22,5cm diameter
Condition: Very good condition, except glaze imperfection at rim and backside which is quite normal for this period and type of porcelain. 良好，盘边有掉釉，盘后有窑裂现象。
Age: ca1700-1740, KangXi/Yongzheng period, Qing Dynasty.
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