The plate has a wide-open mouth, a shallow arc-shaped body and a rounded base. Both inner and outer walls are glazed in eggplant purple, with a thin layer of glaze around the mouth rim, exposing the white embryo. A five-claw standing Chinese dragon is depicted in the center on the plate’s inner bottom, and two flying dragons on the inner wall, surrounded by clouds and mists. The rounded base is white glazed, on which there is a blue-and-white six-character mark in double lines in regular script reading “Daqing Kangxi Nianzhi” (made during Kangxi Period in Qing Dynasty), surrounded by a blue-and-white double-border circle.
Purple glaze is low-temperature and eggplant skin-like colored, thus called “eggplant purple glaze”. The purple color changes as the materials and firing atmosphere change, showing darker and lighter eggplant purple, grape purple, or rose purple, etc. This plate with looming dragon patterns is in purple black color, i.e. dark eggplant purple. It is of a regular shape and delicate texture; while the glaze is dark, it is shining subtly, with the dragon patterns looming up, which shows an excellent artistic effect and represents the high standard of making eggplant purple glaze in the official kiln in Kangxi Period.