A complexly decorated Chinese export plate in underglaze blue with overglaze red, orange and gilding depicting scrolling plants, two panels with a house under a flowering tree and an octagonal symbol in the center. Brown painted rim. There are trailing blue and red plants on the back and the foot is unglazed. Probably more toward the first quarter of the 18th century than the second quarter. 8 5/8 inches (22 cm) diameter.
Condition: No cracks, hairlines or repairs. There are a couple of rough spots on the rim and some stacking wear. The gilding is worn in places. There is a major firing flaw on the back which shows through to the front under strong light.
The complicated decoration nicely disguises the overall order of having a center medallion and four alternating panels toward the outer edge.