19th Century Bleu de Hue Horse and Dragon Dish
This 19th Century Bleu de Hue Dish depicts a horse and a dragon, said to be two highly revered symbols in both the Vietnamese and Chinese cultures, in underglaze blue decoration. They are shown flying, surrounded by stylized clouds and flames. Within the clouds is the character nhut, "sun". A wave motif encircles a symbol for balance in the middle. There are four bats on the exterior which combine with the base mark depicting a bat, to represent the five blessings: "long life, wealth, health, love of virtue and a peaceful death" (as noted by the British Museum).
The base is marked in underglaze with what appears to be a bat combined with a peach. This type of mark was used beginning in the Kangxi period but more frequently in the Daoguang period, dating the plate to the early 19th century. There are chips and/or fritting along the rim of the plate as well as slight flaws and imperfections. These can be seen in the pictures.
The weight shown gives consideration to the extra padding necessary for safe shipping. The plate weighs about 15 ounces. It has an approximate 9.5 inch diameter.