Imperial Chinese Rouge de Fer Glazed Porcelain Birthday Dish

Kangxi period

Description

Decorated in the center with four characters reading: Hong Fu Qi Tian:  “Happiness as Vast as Heaven”; surrounded with finely incised decoration of two Imperial Five Clawed dragons amidst cloud and flame scrolls.  The rim, with bats in rouge de fer to convey good fortune. 
Apocryphal six character Chenghua Ming mark
Kangxi period, ca: early 18th century
Diameter: 6 ¾ inches (17 cms)
Ex:  Warre Collection (England- early 20th century collection)
Similar and related examples: Shanghai Museum, Palace Museum, Beijing,  Meiyintang Collection, and Barbara Hutton Collection.

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