This is a beautiful pair of two plates made in China for export to the West in the Qianlong period between 1735 and 1796.

 

Because of their symbolism, these plates would make a wonderful small wedding gift.

 

The plates are lightly potted in greyish glaze; one plate is a bit lighter and finer than the other. The decoration was executed under the glaze in blue. Each plate has a familiar combination of symbols: one has a pine tree, rocks, peonies and bamboo, the other has plum (or prunus) blossoms instead of the peonies. Both plates have peony details around the rims. 

 

The pine tree is a popular symbol in Chinese porcealin; it represents longevity, virtue and solitude. The combination of a pine tree,  bamboo and plum blossoms is called the "Three Friends of Winter"; pine and bamboo because they stay green in the winter, and plum because it blossoms in the winter. The pine tree is also a symbol of the New Year. The peony stands for good luck and spring, and the rock for longevity and durability.

 

CONDITION REPORT The finer, lightest plate is in excellent condition save a few nibbles off the rim, as you can see in one of the close up pictures. The slightly heavier plate has two cracks coming off the rim, but the centre of the plate is stable. That same plate also has a firing mark in the picture of the pine tree, as visible in the pictures. Both plates display wonderfully.

 

Antique porcelain is never perfect. Everything was handwork and kilns were fired on wood or coal, creating a lot of dust and other particles that could get baked into the porcelain by accident. Due to the shrinkage in the kiln, items can have small firing lines, which should not be seen as damage but as an imperfection of the time of production. I will reflect any damage, repairs, obvious stress marks, crazing or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks, stains and gilt disintegration can be normal for vintage items and need to be taken into account.

 

There is widespread confusion on the internet about the difference between chips and nicks, or hairlines and cracks. I will reflect any damage as truthfully as I can, i.e. a nick is a tiny bit of damage smaller than 1mm and a chip is something you can easily see with the eye; a glazing line is a break in the glazing only; hairline is extremely tight and/or superficial and not picked up by the finger; and a crack is obvious both to the eye and the finger. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures.

 

DIMENSIONS (diameters): 23cm (9").

 

SHIPPING I ship worldwide from the UK, mostly by Royal Mail 2nd Class for the UK and International Tracked and Signed for the rest of the world. I am happy to combine shipping charges on multiple items - please contact me to discuss. In principle I do not make a profit on shipping although for simplicity's sake I charge flat shipping fees. If the fee charged greatly exceeds the actual cost I will gladly refund you the difference - at the same time if it is slightly lower I will gladly make up the difference. In some countries shipping will end up significantly more than the expected fees and I will contact you to discuss our options. PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING SHIPPING COSTS AND OPTIONS.

Two Chinese Export plates, Three Friends of Winter, Qianlong 1735-1796

SKU: CP06-53
£335Price
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