Thinly hand potted and painted Chinese plate from the 18th century that is colorful with an intricacy and refinement. The design is so minute that the artist might have gone blind painting it. The foo lions are hardly ferocious playing with yarn and balls. A real tour de force.
The center of the plate is decorated with the foo lions playing with string and balls. They are both painted different colors and the paintings are accentuated with gilding. The painting is very minute and fine. The rest of the cavetto is painted with colorful fruits and flowers. Red and gold are the predominate colors but the designs also have green, yellow, rose, blue and gray, with black used to outline and accent. The border is brown overlaid with a finely painted gold pattern. The edge of the rim was painted with iron oxide to help guard against chipping.
The plate has a shallow cut unglazed foot ring. The base is glazed showing the potter’s wheel marks underneath. The rim has a brown and gold repeating border.
8 7/8” (22.5 cm) diameter x 1” (2.5 cm) tall. Weighs 11.8 oz (335 g)
There are two hairline cracks with staple repairs, as well as a break that has been glued and stapled. The glazes are still fresh and bright with little gilding wear. Despite the old repairs, the plate is very beautiful. The repairs are very sound, but I would probably have it repaired with modern repair techniques. The lovely plate is well worth it.
A truly amazing plate that has practiced, expert workmanship. A true work of art. It doesn’t get much better than this for export porcelain.