The long reign of the Emperor Kangxi (1661-1722) is associated with, among other cultural achievements, the production of some truly fine blue and white porcelain, and these two lobed dishes represent some of the quality that denotes this period. Characterized by a fine white porcelain hand-decorated with brilliant cobalt blue designs under a fine clear glaze.  Here we have an octagonal central scene with a classic Chinese landscape within a lobed border of smaller landscape scenes alternating with images of flowering branches. The form almost certainly inspired by European silver forms of the mid-17th century. The dishes measuring 8 1/2″ in diameter, the reverse even decorated with images representing flowers of the four seasons, centered with a simple mark resembling a stamped seal. One dish with a firing line to the reverse and two extremely minor rim frits, otherwise very good condition. Circa 1690s. $2,600.00 the pair.   Sold