This impressive large charger, enamelled all over in an even bright blue. It is decorated in gold with dragons and clouds. The central medallion is decorated in gold with a large five-claw dragon amongst clouds, swirling around a flaming pearl. The high side has a wide band with two pairs of confronting dragons, with a flaming pearl between them. The wide flat rim has an outer band of cracked ice pattern, with four reserved panels with a flower or plant; and a band with a diaper zigzag pattern. The reverse of the dish is also enamelled all over in blue, with the sides decorated in gold with foliate lotus scrolls. In the centre – within a double blue circle – is an apocryphal six-character mark for the emperor Qianlong. The high foot ring, has an unglazed white edge.
for hundreds of years Chinese artisans copied reign marks from earlier dynasties out of a respect and reverence for these earlier periods. These marks are often referred to as ‘apocryphal’ marks. These marks were not necessarily intended to fool buyers into thinking they were buying a genuine earlier work of art.