Chinese Export “Clobbered” Plate with Dragon Border
Chinese export porcelain plate, c. 1800 decorated c. 1820.
Dimensions: Approximately 9⅛” diameter.
The plate has been painted, or “clobbered”, in vibrant designs and colors over the underlying design.
This was to make the piece more marketable, as its original decoration was considered out of date and the new decoration was considered more attractive.
The rim has a diaper band at the edge and is decorated with alternating panels of dragons and floral sprays.
The center is decorated with a bamboo and fence design with flowers and rocks.
The reverse is decorated with three iron red floral sprays and bears an apocryphal reign mark.
In her book “European Decoration on Oriental Porcelain 1700 – 1830”, Helen Espir attributed this type of overdecoration to English artisans of the period 1780 -1830.
In her article “The Atrocious Unsworth – Chinese blue and white porcelain clobbered in London in the 19th century”, Espir writes that this style of clobbering seems to have been very fashionable in Regency England and shows examples from a number of museums and in situ in a number of National Trust properties.
Espir, “European Decoration on Oriental Porcelain 1700 – 1830”.
Espir, “The Atrocious Unsworth – Chinese blue and white porcelain clobbered in London in the 19th century” English Ceramic Circle Transactions, Volume 29, 2018.
Condition: The edge has rough areas, and the reverse of the rim has a few frits; otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage. Please examine the photos; they are part of the description.
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