Pair of Chinese Imari Dishes with Peonies Made in Qianlong Reign circa 1740-50


A pair of Chinese export dishes decorated in the Imari style with peonies budding and in full bloom. In Chinese tradition peonies are known as the king of flowers and symbolize royalty and wealth.

The pair of Chinese Imari porcelain dishes date to the Qianlong period (circa1740s-1750s) of the Qing dynasty. Chinese potters took advantage of a rich palette of orange, pink, navy blue, light green, and gold to illustrate the beauty of these flowers. The creative use of colors gives the design a stunning decorative effect. In the central panel, we see a vibrant peony in full bloom growing from a blue tree trunk. From the same trunk we see more buds depicted with various bright enamels.  The central subject is framed by a band of bamboo stalks, which are interspersed with four floral cartouches. To echo the lovely floral elements in the center, artisans adorned the rim of each dish with three sets of floral scrolls.

Our pair of dishes exude a feeling of simplicity and clarity that is characteristic of Chinese Imari ware which differs from the heavy use of gold pigment and dense composition typical of Japanese Imari porcelains.


Diameter 9″ x 1″ Tall