A Chinese famille rose plate decorated with a boy holding a flowering branch. Qianlong period.

Decorated in famille verte and famille rose enamels and gold, with foliate-vine border at the edge and with a principal scene on the cover depicting a boy holding a flowering branch while astride a water buffalo next to a calf close by a stream flanked by a willow tree amongst prunus, rocks, and chrysanthemums. Ducks at the water’s edge are painted on the left.

Period :
Qianlong (1735-1795), Circa 1735-1750
8.66 in. (22.5 cm)
Reference :


Collection of Madame C. (born B. d'O.), Bordeaux.

Related works

An octagonal plate, a tureen and a salt cellar with the same design, from the collection of John Van Cortland (New-York) are at the Newark Museum (USA, bequest of Mrs Sarah J. Schuyler Van Rensselaer) and illustrated by Jean Mc Clure Mudge in Chinese Export Porcelain in North America (1990, no. 245)

Two octagonal plates are at the Reeves Center Collection at Washington and Lee University and one of them is illustrated by Thomas V. Litzenburg Jr in Chinese Export Porcelain in the Reeves Center Collection at Washington and Lee University (2003, p. 58, no. 40).

See Sothebys New York, 31 january 1992, lot 108 for other porcelain with this design sold in auction house.


The central scene of a boy astride a water buffalo was a popular decorative theme throughout the eighteenth century, and the version illustrated here is after a design that dates to the early 1730’s.

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