Subject:Re: Guangxu mark and period dish
Posted By: Bill H Sun, Jan 06, 2019
Your dish appears to me to be consistent with the palette, potting, firing characteristics, wear patterns and markings of other Guangxu Period porcelains I've seen and handled, so I'm as confident as anyone can be from looking at pictures that you are correct in calling your dish of the period. The pattern, with phoenixes and/or dragons materializing from the flora, was particularly popular on 19th century bowls, beginning from the Daoguang Reign(1821-50). Examples are illustrated in the German Weishaupt Collection catalog, "From the Dragon's Treasure - Vom Schatz der Drachen".
I reviewed the Christie's archives for the past couple of decades and found about a half dozen Guangxu M&P bowls and one lot from 2001 with pairs of saucers and larger plates in the pattern shown in the photo here. The couple of lots that pictured enlargeable marks on bowls showed a calligraphic style in the underglaze blue & white characters that was quite close to what's seen on your dish. Some of the marks reflected variations in cobalt saturation, normal for the period, such as hollow lines.
Below are links to three of the Christie's auctions, which hopefully will work when pasted in your browser.