An elegant and high-quality Rose Mandarin porcelain warming dish designed with Greek-fretwork over hanging baskets with lush flower arrangements. Beautifully-colored enamels - greens, blues, pinks, turquoise and gilt - accentuate the auspicious design of important personages in the Chinese aristocracy - the military leader, the intellectual sage and lady of the court. Each figure is fully garbed in traditional Chinese fashion in multi-colored enamels, their faces and hands rendered with careful attention to detail. The initials “WB” written in gilt is on the central rondel. This unique porcelain piece is in excellent condition with only minor rubbing to the gilt due to age and use.
Height: 2.25”, diameter: 10.75”
19th Century, circa 1800, China