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Oval Blue and White Porcelain Tray with Figure in Landscape and Flower-Shaped Folded Rim

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Period: Qianlong reign (1736–1795), Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Dimensions: height: 6.5 cm; rim: 28 × 19.7 cm; base: 21.7 × 13 cm

Originally belonging with a soup dish, this tray has a mouth in the shape of a water-chestnut flower, a folded rim, flat base, and shallow, rounded sides. The exterior of the plate has a lustrous finish while the interior has blue designs. The folded rim is ornamented with floral designs. The interior wall has a patterned band encircling the central seaside scene on the interior base. The landscape features a woman accompanied by a dog on a fishing boat; she uses a pole to ferry across the water.

The tray is fashioned after popular eighteenth-century rococo silver plates made in Europe. The interior ornamentation has a Chinese style. Consequently, trays with this type of design are considered the product of blended Chinese and Western styles of the eighteenth century.

The piece was donated to the Palace Museum in 2005 by Volvo Trucks Greater China of the Volvo Group.

Translated and edited by Adam J. Ensign and Kang Xiaolu


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