Chinese Export Large “Clobbered” Plate
Chinese export porcelain plate, c. 1800 decorated c. 1820.
Dimensions: Approximately 10⅞” 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This was to make the piece more marketable, as its original decoration was considered out of date and the new decoration was considered more attractive.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 is decorated with leaves and flowers with touches of gilt.
The cavetto is decorated with a band of flowers.
The center is decorated with flowering trees; a Chinese sacred mushroom, 0r lingzhi, symbolizing longevity and health; and a small butterfly. Again, there are touches of gilt.
The reverse of the rim is decorated with two floral sprays and is unmarked.
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: Rim frits; otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage. Please examine the photos; they are part of the description.
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