CRE UNKNOWN; (17th-18th century) This is a Qing dynasty plate from the Kangxi period (1662-1722). The scene on this plate is probably taken from a popular novel or drama, most probably xixiangji (Romance of the Western Chamber), showing the hero Scholar Zhang. The figures around the rim also allude to the attributes of a Chinese scholar. The rim features figures in a landscape. One of a set of 6, this item is part of the collection of over 330 pieces of Chinese ceramics and approximately 15 items of Japanese ceramics from the estate of James McNeill Whistler, gifted and bequeathed by the artist's sister-in-law, Miss Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), in 1935 and 1958. (See also GLAHA 54013, 54014, 54408, 54583-6).
Birnie Philip Bequest, 1958.