SOLD with thanks to Hong Kong
Figural Tureen with Canton Famille Rose Enamels
Daoguang Period, Qing Dynasty
Porcelain with overglaze famille rose / Canton Enamels
W: 24.5 cm L: 20 cm H: 10 cm
Nearly perfect condition: no hairlines or repairs, some chips on the foot rim, age wear to enamels
From a York, Maine estate
Early Canton-painted “rose medallion” wares are always such a delight. This particular tureen sports the usual motifs: birds, butterflies, fruits, and floral sprays. However, its careful portrayal of Chinese figures is really what makes it a stand-out piece. One gets the sense that the whole gamut of daily life is represented: male, female, young, and old figures are all portrayed; the activities they engage in range from courtship to gossip to calligraphy. Additionally, the tureen interior is painted with a scroll denoting a message of good wish. The 19th century marked increasing political and military Western interference in China. However, the attention paid to Chinese figures and activities in early rose medallion export wares perhaps demonstrates that ordinary consumers in Europe and America still continued to hold much fascination about Chinese daily life.