19th C. Persian Market Chinese Export Rose Mandarin Plate
Chinese export canton famille rose plate, circa 1850.
Dimensions: Approximately 10” diameter.
The rim is edged in gold.
The border has a cartouche with Arabic script and is decorated with a pattern of colorful flowers and butterflies.
The body is decorated with what appears to be a scene from a story, with figures and a horse, and has gilt highlights.
The reverse is unmarked and there is minor staining on the foot rim.
According to Daniel Nadler in Chapters XIV and XV his book “China to Order”, Persia was one of the few Islamic markets that did not strictly adhere to the traditional ban against human images.
For a discussion of Canton famille rose porcelain generally, see Feller, “Chinese Export Porcelain of the 19th Century: The Canton Famille Rose Porcelains”.
Condition: Under black light there appear to be glaze hairlines on the reverse. Otherwise, it is in in excellent condition consistent with age and usage.