A set of three Rose Medallion porcelain soup plates, each adorned with four large cartouches and central rondel. The cartouches alternate between images of Chinese aristocrats chatting on a balcony, and fanciful arrangements of peonies, exotic birds, butterflies and fruits. Central rondel with gilt frame depicts a colorful bird perched on a rock with surrounding peonies and grasses, all four cartouches superimposed on a tight vine and floral scrollwork with butterflies on a gilt ground. This set of porcelain plates is in very good condition with only minor rubbing to the gilt and enamels, commensurate with age and use.
19th Century, China