This is a very beautifully hand painted Chinese porcelain blue and white Dish or Plate from the early 18th Century Qing period, either late Kangxi period ( 1662-1722) or Yongzheng period (1723-35).
This is a well potted dish with 8 lobes or ribs, a wavy barbed rim, a very well cut foot rim and a white glaze with a slight blue tinge.
The plate is very finely hand painted in a free flowing style, characteristic of the period, in varying shades of a clear cobalt blue, from the very dark to the very light blue.
The central well is beautifully hand decorated with an iconic scene of two ladies (long eliza’s), one presenting a flower to another, all in an outdoor setting by a verandah, with rocks, trees, flowers and hills. The outer cavetto has an 8 section repeated floral pattern. The level of detail is superb.
The rear has two hand painted sprigs in cobalt blue with no markings to the central base.
Overall, a very beautiful, finely hand painted, Blue and white Dish / Plate about 300 years old, when the hand painting on Chinese porcelain was at its zenith.