7-border famille rose Yongzheng Eggshell Plate.
Deep DISH . diam: 23 cm.
Very thinly potted, so-called eggshell porcelain . Decorated with very subtil and soft pastel Famille Rose & gilt. In the center a "leaf-shaped panel" containing a family-scene, showing a mother and her 2 sons, in a luxurious setting of chinese mobilier ; all surrounded by what is called "7 borders" ,all differently executed ; the large rim on the backside in ruby back .
period : YONGZHENG : 1723 - 1735 .
pedigree: George EUMORFOPOULOS Collection .
our acquisition : the V P Collection ( Den Haag ) , n° 470 .
preservation: 100% mint condition .
refer.: " Garland Collection", Metropolitan Museum New York, cat.1985, n°LVII
" The Ceramic Art of China ", Honey , pl. 88.
" The Book of Famille Rose ", G. Williamson , pl.XXXII.
" Fung Ping Shan Museum, Hong Kong, cata. 1977 , n° 76.
" Ch'ing Enamelled Wares ", Percival DAVID Foundation, cat.1958, A811.
This fantastic dish belongs to a group of the so-called 7 borders. The very complexe decorative scheme is handled with remarkable skill and employs the full range of the Famille Rose palette,with a great variety of shaded colours and gilding. Although very " chinese looking", these dishes were already made for export trade to Europe, as indicated by the description of numerous such lots in the sale of " W. Beckford's collection at Fonthill Abbey, in september 1823 !
Next foto shows the backside of this dish .