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Plate with Canton-Enamel Floral Scrolls and Lotus Designs

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Period: Tongzhi reign (1862-1873), Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Dimensions: height: 2.5 cm; mouth diameter: 11 cm; foot diameter: 6 cm

This plate has an open mouth, folded rim, round foot, and shallow, arced sides. The exterior is plain white with a shimmering finish while the interior is ornamented with Canton enamel. The central interior design is a single gold flower on a blue ground. The interior walls feature floral scrolls in famille rose and verte. The folded rim has a band with a blue ground and gold patterning surrounding reserved panels filled with floral designs.

The regularity of the shape and design of the vessel is complemented by the lustrous finish of the glaze and the splendid colors. The blue ground with gold outlining adds an especially sumptuous quality to the work.

The Palace Museum acquired this piece as a donation by Han Wai Toon (Han Huaizhun, 1892–1970).

Chinese entry by Huang Weiwen
Translated and edited by Adam J. Ensign and Kang Xiaolu

 

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