Unusual Large Chinese Export 'Famille-Rose' Serving Dish and Cover, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, Circa 1770 | 清乾隆 約1770年 粉彩錦鷄花卉紋大蓋盌
2,000 - 3,000 USD
2,000 - 3,000 USD
Unusual Large Chinese Export 'Famille-Rose' Serving Dish and Cover, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, Circa 1770
清乾隆 約1770年 粉彩錦鷄花卉紋大蓋盌
the cover painted with cockerels perched amongst flowering rockwork, within a gilt spearhead border surmounted with a turned 'acorn' knop, the dish decorated with floral sprigs
Diameter 15 1/4 in.; 38.8 cm
In overall good condition with expected firing imperfections and minor wear to the surface.
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Whilst the shape of the present example is most likely European-inspired, its exact use and origin remain undetermined. Only one other pair of comparable examples, with lobed rims and of slightly smaller size, appear to be known. The pair is currently in the RA Collection and is illustrated in Maria Antónia Pinto de Matos, The RA Collection of Chinese Ceramics: A Collector's Vision, Vol. II, London, 2011, cat. no. 212. The author suggests that dishes of this form might have been used to preserve butter or cheese, and bear some resemblance to 18th century faience cheese dishes, or that they were possibly used to hold a rich sauce or other mixture with solid ingredients.