AGE: – Kangxi 1662 – 1722
CONSTRUCTION: – Porcelain with under glaze blue decoration in good condition, no cracks or repairs
DESCRIPTION: – Chinese Kangxi Blue White Porcelain Stem Cup
HEIGHT: – 11cm
TOP DIAMETER:– 14cm
BASE DIAMETER: – 7.5cm
WEIGHT:– 450 gms.
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A Chinese Kangxi Blue White Porcelain Stem Cup possibly made for the Portuguese or European market. Motifs and decoration on some Chinese porcelain produced during the Kangxi period were influenced by foreign markets. They often incorporated traditional Chinese motifs and decoration in combination with motifs and decoration that weren’t, in order to please and cater to the tastes and demands of the growing foreign export market.
Porcelain production leading up to the demise of the Ming Dynasty and into the Qing Dynasty declined but was still active during the reign of Emperor Kangxi (1662 A.D. – 1722 A.D.). In 1673 A.D., porcelain production at Jingdezhen factories ceased when they were destroyed by rebels during a period of brief civil unrest.
After Emperor Kangxi gained control of China in 1677 A.D., the emperor employed a director to oversee the imperial kilns, the Jingdezhen porcelain factories were rebuilt and went into full production. During the 17th century trade with the Islamic, European and South East Asian markets flourished once more.
Chinese export porcelains were transported to Europe through the Dutch East India Company to many parts of Europe. Those exported to South East Asia on large Chinese vessels, many sinking in the turbulent waters of the South China Sea.
The Jingdezhen factories produced some of the most beautiful Kangxi blue and white and famille Verte porcelains still in existence today.