China, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period, circa 1690-1710
Fine Chinese porcelain was made during the reign of the Qing Emperor Kangxi (1662-1722). Polychrome wares of the type known in Europe as famille verte were produced in quantity both for the home market and for export. Famille verte is an elaborate type of Chinese porcelain, made mainly for export to Europe and decorated in enamel colors. On famille verte wares, a brilliant apple green and a strong iron red predominate among yellow, aubergine purple, and violet blue. This color scheme was adopted in the Kangxi period and replaced the earlier Ming five-color scheme in which blue was rendered in underglaze and not in enamel.
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