Chinese Ming Dynasty famous blue and white plate. The porcelain potted with a shallow body, of a shallow vessel, broad wide cavetto, with a slightly flared lip and shallow draft. All reserved in a clean white underglaze base ground color against cobalt blue color hand-painting. The center main body decorated the great snarling imperial five-claws dragon careening through cumulus clouds above thrashing Li-Shui water waves, enclosed within two fine rings conforming the cavetto. The rounded sides encircled by several flying five-claws dragon careening with scrolling flaming ruyi clouds. Dragon is the symbol of the Emperor, the Son of Heaven, eternity, Yang and Yin, male vigor and fecundity. the Li-Shui wave pattern which is known to be the abode of dragons. The underside left un-glazed with orange-brown burnt base, and grayish-dark firing marks. The clay is very fine, with a brilliant glaze finish that was applied by a meticulous, the shape is uniformly proportioned.
The exterior rim bears a reign mark, a horizontal six underglaze blue script characters reign mark, Made of the years Xuande Reign Period of Great Ming Dynasty.
Measurements: 2-1/4" H x 12-3/8" Diam.