Archive item - not for sale
Chinese blue and white moulded teabowl and saucer, Kangxi (1662-1722), the teabowl with the swirling panels alternatively painted with prunus and pine and flower sprays, the centre with a flower spray, the swirling panels of saucer similarly decorated and the centre with a phoenix amongst swirls and peonies, the bases with a conch shell within a double blue circle, diameter of the saucer: 12.6cm. (5 in.); condition: six very small frits to teabowl and shallow chip to foot rim of saucer. The Conch Shell is a symbol of royalty, dignity and high rank, the 'Sacred Lungs of Buddha' and spiritual authority and is also one of the Eight Buddhist Symbols.