A Chinese porcelain Large dish painted in famille rose enamels, the centre with a lobed medallion of a seated elegant lady, her robes richly painted in aubergine, green and blue enamels with iron-red and gilt, playing a qin on her lap between a large censer and two vases, one in blue and white enamel, in front of a chest of drawers supporting a stack of books, a gu-form vase with peacock feathers and coral branch, a gilt teapot and tea bowl, all beside two wutong trees, the cavetto with white-enamel scrolling foliate branches on a black cash-diaper ground, encircled by four purple-enamel reserves of flowering peony and four iron-red and gilt floral reserves, all on an oxidised antimony ground.

13 3/4 inches, 35 cm diameter.

Yongzheng/Qianlong, circa 1735.



Provenance & Additional Information

  • An identical dish was published by Marchant in their 90th anniversary exhibition of Chinese Export Porcelain, no.11, pp.20/21.
  • A group of plates and four larger dishes from the collection of The Rt Hon The Lord Margadale of Islay, removed from Fonthill House, Tisbury, Wiltshire, was sold by Christie’s London in their auction of Important Chinese Porcelains, Cloisonné, Enamels and Jades, 31st May 1965, lot 52, pp.18/19.
  • One of a pair of plates is illustrated by George C. Williamson in The Book of Famille Rose, pl. XLVII; another plate was included by Yu Chunming in the Nanchang University Museum Exhibition Jing Yan (an exhibition of Chinese Export Porcelain), 2012, no. 20, pp. 126
  • The use of oxidised antimony was both rare and expensive, like gilt, it required a separate firing at a lower temperature and in most cases, due to its nature, is completely worn away.
  • Dishes of this size and pattern and rare.