Kangxi tea set with rooster motif



Measurements: cup height – 3.9 cm, saucer diameter – 11.7 cm


Description: A very fine Kanxgi period tea set consisting a cup and a saucer in blue and white porcelain. The cup and saucer feature a running rooster motif. The bird is depicted facing with wings spread on the inside centre of the cup and saucer.  The rooster has long been adopted in Chinese art and is considered an embodiment of five virtues: civil culture, martial qualities, courage, benevolence and trustworthiness. This is because the comb of a rooster resembles the hat of a scholar or officer; the martial symbol, a rooster’s calcar means it is good at fighting; a rooster sometimes is a gamecock, so courage is embedded in it; a chicken will call others to any food it finds, thus benevolence can be seen; it is trustworthy as a night-watcher.


Blue Chrysanthemum Wreck The samples recovered from the shipwrecked cargo are exclusively Chinese ceramics, in the main blue and white porcelain, all assessed by experts to be excellent examples of early Chinese Kangxi in origin of a quality indicating they were manufactured in the famous porcelain center of Jingdezhen in the Jiangsu Province. Jingdezhen kilns made porcelain over two millennia, since the Han Dynasty period. Blue and white porcelain was the most famous product of Jingdezhen, and reached the height of its technical excellence in the early Ching Dynasty. The very high quality cobalt blue colouring, distinctive on the early Kangxi period fine porcelains where it is referred to as 'gem blue' or 'kingfisher blue', is much purer and brighter than that of Ming Dynasty wares.

Provenance: From the ‘Blue Chrysanthemum Wreck’; lost in the South China sea, late 17th century AD, recovered 2014.

Period: Kangxi Period, late 17th century AD

Condition: Very fine condition, some dulling of glazed surfaces due to seawater exposure. Very minor chipping to edges possible.

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