A large Chinese dish decorated in the famille rose palette for the Persian market. Qianlong period.
Of octogonal form, painted in the famille rose palette, the wide rim moulded in eight planes sloping inwards, with angles clearly showing where they radiate towards the points on the rim. Decorated with eight sepia roundels, each gilded with one of two alternating flowers and set within an irregular border of sepia scrollwork, heightened with thick icy-pink scrolls. The eight roundels are separated by heavily-enameled formal flowers in blue. Lotus-petals with sepia whorls and blue enamel clouds surround the central motif of a quatrefoil lotus in sepia with gilt decoration.
- Period :
- Qianlong (1736-1795), circa 1740
- 32 cm
- Reference :
For a plate with this pattern, see Howard and Ayers, China for the West, TII, p. 463, no. 471.
Such considerable patterns of considerable complexity are typically of the Persian or Turkish taste towards the middle of the eighteenth century, and this dish would have been part of an important dinner service for this market.