A large Chinese famille rose “faux bois” dish. Yongzheng/Qianlong period (ca. 1730-1750)
Decorated in the famille rose palette with a central medallion with a spray of peonies, with an iron red-brown ground in the front and the back, imitating a wood-grain pattern.
- Period :
- Yongzheng (1723-1735) / Qianlong (1736-1795), circa 1730-1750
- 12.59 in. (32 cm)
- Reference :
To the Chinese the imitation of one material by another was an artistic challenge. Hence we see objects made of porcelain having the appearance of bronze, bamboo, stone, jade, coral, lacquer and, as in this case, wood. Tea wares or plates of this particular wood grain or faux bois pattern were also exported and must have appealed to the Western rococo taste with its similar love of illusion. Such pieces usually have a decoration of a cock and hen, peonies and rocks in famille rose enamels.