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Period: Qianlong reign (1736-1795), Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Dimensions: height: 3.2 cm; mouth diameter: 14.1 cm; foot diameter: 8.1 cm

This plate has an open mouth and shallow-arced sides and rests upon a short, round foot. Entirely covered in white glaze, the plate is ornamented with a rim of gold. The interior sides have a thick gold line encompassed by a green ribbon pattern with symmetrically placed bows. The central interior design includes a dove with outspread wings holding a red bow in its beak. With a heart-shaped embellishment hanging below the bow, the design includes an English name in gold lettering surrounded by a wreath with dangling red flowers. The extremity of the foot ring, which has some deterioration, reveals the original clay beneath the glaze.

The tidy ornamentation around the sides serves to highlight the central heraldic motif. The plate is a classic work of Chinese armorial porcelain made according to European specifications in the eighteenth century.

Chinese entry by Ji Luoyuan
Translated and edited by Adam J. Ensign and Kang Xiaolu
 

 

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