From our Chinese Polychrome Collection, a truly superb example of Qianlong Period (1736-1795) Famille Rose porcelain, depicting a lady receiving what is either wine or tea, while her female servant attends to her with a fan. The outer border is decorated with eight individual reserves executed alternatively in either puce or black, with each puce reserve so well-executed that they are essentially miniature paintings in their own right. The inner border is decorated with smaller puce cartouches and blue dragonet designs, all set against an exquisitely gilded key fret ground.
Also referred to as "Guangcai" ware (“Guangzhou colors”), this plate represents the pinnacle of quality for Chinese Famille Rose export porcelain of the mid-18th century. While some interpret this design as being "Chinese in taste," it is known that there are at least two armorial patterns that incorporated this design, those being "Gordon and Gordon Quartering Forbes," and "Powell with Cleland in Pretence." See Howard Armorial Porcelain, p. 313-314. A nearly identical example of this plate is published in Chinese Ceramics, The New Standard Guide, by He Li, p. 310, plate 676.
Size and Condition: 9 inches diameter, 1 1/2 inches tall. Some minor wear to the enamels and gilding commensurate with age, and 2-3 small nicks to the rim that have been filled and are not visible from the front of the plate. A good ring when tapped. A superb example for advanced collections.