Larger Charger with Figural Central Cartouche
Tongzhi Period, Qing Dynasty
Porcelain with overglaze famille rose enamels
D: 38 cm
Perfect Condition; age wear to enamels
From a Beverly Hills, CA estate
Description & Notes
While the 19th century is considered a period of decline by most scholars of Chinese ceramics, the best late Qing wares are nonetheless romantic and lively portrayals of Chinese life. This large charger is no exception; its overall design overflows with messages of prosperity. The ruyi border connotes success in all endeavors and desires, while the bats (fu) are a homonym for prosperity (also fu); the influx of peony flowers furthers the message of good fortune, and the central cartouche illustrating a meeting of scholar-officials with their sons completes the overall wish for a happy family life.