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A Chinese porcelain famille verte saucer dish. Kangxi, circa 1680. Courtesy Marchant

with gently flaring rim, painted with fishermen seated in a boat in a mountainous river landscape scene with rockwork, viewing pavilion and a pagoda in the distance beneath iron-red clouds, migrating birds and the moon. 8 ½ inches, 21.5cm diameter. Condition: Hair crack. Price on request.

• Formerly in the collection of Professor D. R. Laurence.

• Sold by R. & G. McPherson Antiques, 3rd November 2005.

• A larger famille verte dish of a similar style from the Butler Family collection is illustrated by Wang Qiangzheng, Chen Xiejun & Anthony White in Seventeenth-Century Jingdezhen Porcelain from the Shanghai Museum and the Butler Collections, Shanghai Museum, no. 113, pp. 302/3, another dish of similar subject is illustrated by Wong Li Ying in Porcelains in Polychrome and Contrasting Colours; The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Beijing, Vol. 38, no. 100, p. 110.

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A Chinese porcelain famille verte deep dish. Kangxi, circa 1670. Courtesy Marchant

with slightly flared rim, painted with three standing ladies and an attendant in a balcony scene, one lady leaning on a table with a gu vase containing peacock feathers and a coral branch with a censer and books, encircled by six shaped reserves of precious objects including scrolls, a tied qin, weiqi board and counter holders, all on a flower-head diaper ground. The base with channel footrim enclosing a shell mark within a double ring in underglaze blue. 13 ¼ inches, 33. 6cm diameter. Condition: Broken in half, riveted and associated centre crack, rim frits. Price on request.

• Formerly in the collection of Professor D. R. Laurence.

• Purchased from D&M Freedman, 19th October 2006.

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A Chinese porcelain famille verte saucer dish  Kangxi, circa 1680. Courtesy Marchant

painted with four swooping and four other geese beside peony and aster branches issuing from rockwork beside eight geese, four swooping down, with two vases of plants beneath a butterfly and insect in flight, encircled by six flower-head reserves including pinks, peony, coxcomb, aster and camellia, the underside with a leaf mark within a double ring in underglaze blue. 13 7/8 inches, 35. 3cm diameter. Condition: Edge frits, some blue enamel ware and foot rim pierced for hanging.

• Formerly in the collection of Professor D. R. Laurence.

• Purchased from R. & G. McPherson Antiques, 3rd March 2004.

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A Chinese porcelain famille verte saucer dish. Kangxi circa 1670. Courtesy Marchant

with slightly everted rim, painted in the centre with an openwork basket of flowers, the lower section with peony, lotus and mallow amongst leaves, the top section with the addition of prunus branches, camellia, aster and wisteria tied with a ribbon at the handle, encircled by six floral reserves on flower-head diaper grounds, the underside with a continuous lotus flower-head garland, the base with the channel footrim enclosing a lingzhi mark within a double ring in underglaze-blue. 13 ¾ inches, 35cm diameter. Condition: Rim frits, two short cracks consolidated.

• Formerly in the collection of Professor D. R. Laurence.

• Purchased from D & M Freedman, 28th June 2006.

• A similar dish is illustrated by A. W. Bahr in Old Chinese Porcelain and Works of Art in China, 1911, pl. LXXV1; another, a gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige, is illustrated in The Catalogue of the Tokyo National Museum, Chinese Ceramics II, no. 606, p. 155.

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