This large oval-shaped Chinese porcelain platter is elaborately decorated with vibrant floral patterns in a palette of pink and orange, gray and black.
Made in the first half of the 19th century, it is painted in the center showing a black vase decorated with a gilded net-pattern. Growing from the vase are luxuriant peony branches. Next to the vase, auspicious fruits such as citrus (“Buddhist hands”) and pomegranates are placed in an archaic-style gray bowl. In the upper right corner the potter added a flying butterfly to suggest the appeal of the blossoming flowers and fragrant fruits, the central panel is framed by a band of golden coin and floral patterns.
In decorating the wide rim of the platter the artisan added lavish gilding to his palette. A golden scroll of lotus flowers intertwines with lovely pink peonies. Tiny flora outlined in black ink are interspersed between the pink and golden flowers.
This lively and colorful platter, with its joyful palette and auspicious connotation, will add a cheerful atmosphere to any home.
H 1.5 in. x W 19 in. x D 15 in.
Very good. Slight rubbing to enamels.
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