Pair of famille rose large dishes, each brightly enamelled with a central scene of two horses gambolling, one a piebald in iron-red with gilt and white enamel speckles and one in pink and ruby enamel, beneath a large willow tree amongst rockwork, lingzhi fungus and flowers, encircled in the cavetto by cash and lozenge reserves on green and pink-diaper grounds with gilt flower heads, the flat everted rim with four flower sprays of peony, prunus, daisy, chrysanthemum and bamboo beneath an iron-red scroll band at the rim.

14 inches, 35.6 cm diameter.

Early Qianlong, circa 1740.


  • From an important European collection.
  • A similar pair are illustrated by Maria Antónia Pinto de Matos in The RA Collection of Chinese Ceramics, A Collector’s Vision, Volume One, no. 164, p. 356; another pair are illustrated by William Motley in the Cohen & Cohen exhibition catalogue Think Pink, 2013, no. 37, pp. 50/1; a plate is illustrated by David S. Howard in The Choice of the Private Trader, the Private Market in Chinese Export Porcelain Illustrated from the Hodroff Collection, no. 39, p. 63.
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