Each lustrously enamelled on the biscuit with, in the center a ferocious looking qilin surrounded by brocaded antiques: chimes, conch shells, an artemisia leaf on a lustrous green ground, the rim with a band of scroll pattern, the backs in an 'egg and spinach' glaze.
Exhibited: Kang-Hsi porcelain: selected objects from Swedish collections, Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm, 1973, no. 74 and 75.
For information on this style of decoration, see: Jörg, Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; The Ming and Qing Dynasties (Philip Wilson, London, 1997), in which the author writes that: 'Famille verte decorations were usually painted on the glaze […]. However, there is a specific category in which enamels were painted on the surface of an object which had been high-fired without glaze, and these are denoted by the term 'biscuit'.
Literature: Illustrated in The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm Bulletin 46, 1974 pl. 40b.