Kangxi plate with replaced chip, c.1700

This porcelain plate, which measures 11-1/4″ in diameter, was made in China for export to North America and Europe during the reign of the Kangxi Emperor (1662-1722). The nicely detailed underglaze design in various hues of blue, consists of 8 panels of birds, animals and flowers, with a central circular motif and a border of prunus and lotus blossoms. The underside reveals a variation of the Lingzhi fungus mark, which looks to me more like a lotus blossom.

In the 18th or early 19th century, when the plate became damaged, a china repairer smoothed out the jagged edges left by the break and created a larger, more even space to accommodate a new replacement piece – much like a dentist preparing to replace a missing tooth or insert a mouth guard for teeth grinding. The repairer formed a replacement chip repurposed from a smaller broken plate with similar blue decoration and drilled holes in three places on both the large plate and the chip. He then used four strands of thin wire to attach the chip and cement to fill in the holes around the wire.┬áThe replacement chip, which is literally rough around the edges, appears to be dancing on the edge of the plate, suspended by a tiny wire harness.











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6 Responses to “Kangxi plate with replaced chip, c.1700”

  1. Jim Horne says:

    First time I have seen such a repair Andrew, neat addition to your unique collection.

  2. Diane says:

    What a clever resourceful repair. And I don’t recall a repair like this with a replacement piece. Not to mention I always love the staple repairs. Thanks!

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  4. Lisa Orr says:

    Where did you ever find this!? I love this repair. The cement looks gold. Was it painted over? Or is it just the photo or my laptop screen?

  5. Mckinley says:

    My admiration for bygone repairers just keeps growing. How lovely.

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