Chinese imperial porcelain large dish, brightly painted in famille rose, fencai enamels with bajixiang, the eight auspicious emblems, each ribbon tied and amongst eight different flowering branches in pink, blue, light blue, turquoise green, iron red, gilt, yellow, white and lime green enamels encircling a stylised central flowerhead with interlinked other flowers, all within a double gilt border, the rim with a wide band of pink ruyi-heads on a lemon yellow ground, the underside with three different flower sprays each on a leafy branch with other flowers and leaves.

13 ½ inches, 34.2 cm diameter.

The base with a six-character mark of Guangxu in iron red and of the period, 1875-1908.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • From the collection of Uno Wenngren (1899-1957), thence by direct descent of the family.
  • A similar dish of this large proportion is illustrated by Peter Lam in Imperial Porcelain of Late Qing from the Kwan Collection, Art Gallery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1983, no. 125, p. 124.
  • The quality of the enamelling is particularly high on this dish. The two tone leaves on the flowering branches amongst the emblems is a feature that starts in the Yongzheng period. This dish confirms the fact that high quality workmanship was still available in the Guangxu period and the body shown at the biscuit foot rim is also of particular high quality.