Sold Ceramics - Sold Famille Rose wares 1725-1800 - Dishes - Page 1
Height 34 mm (1.38 inch), diameter or rim 206 mm (8.11 inch), diameter of footring 115 m (4.53 inch), weight 323 grams (11.39 ounce (oz.))
Octagonal dish on footring with a flat rim. Decorated in various famille rose enamels with gold with a central medallion of a lady seated on a bench in an interior holding a fan, two small boys at her side, one reading from a book, in the background a large jar and a table supporting a rectangular open hard binder containing a volume of books, a bowl with finger-lemon fruit also called "Buddha's-hand" citron (Citrus medica), a vase containing lingzhi, coral and a peacock feather and a bowl with a spoon, encircled by a puce ground border reserved with eight floral vignettes. The reverse is undecorated.
For identically decorated dishes, please see:
- Christie's pictorial history of Chinese ceramics, (A. du Boulay, Phaidon-Christie's, Oxford 1984), p.264, cat. 8.
- Chinese Export Porcelain and Works of Art, Sotheby's auction catalogue, London, 17 June 1998, p.55, lot 446.
For set of identically, in famille rose ruby ground decorated, dishes, please see:
- The Dr Anton C.R. Dreesmann Collection, European Furniture and Chinese Export Porcelain, auction catalogue Christie's London 10 April 2002, pp.214-215, lot 410.
The symbolism of the peacock feather, the coral branch and lingzhi in the vase on the table, the first being a symbol of high rank, the other two stand for longevity. The term 'famille rose' was first coined by the 19th-century French author Albert Jacquemart, who distinguished between specific groups in his descriptions of Oriental ceramics. (Lunsingh Scheurleer 1966, p.134), (Jörg 2003/2, p.25)
Condition: A professional restored rim, some frits and chips to the footring.