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Chinese Export Pseudo-Tobacco Leaf Plate

Chinese Export Pseudo-Tobacco Leaf Plate

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Chinese export porcelain plate, circa 1770.

 

Dimensions: Approximately 9”.

 

Decoration

The term “Pseudo-Tobacco Leaf” refers to overall patterns that are very close to what is commonly referred to as “Tobacco Leaf”, with the smaller flowers, rosettes, rings and other elements of the Tobacco Leaf design covering the surface. However, in Pseudo-Tobacco Leaf patterns the large leaves are absent.

 

The rim is decorated with a narrow gold band.

 

In this example, the primary feature is a large rosette, thought to be the stylized cross-section of a pomegranate, a large flower, thought to be Hibiscus, blue leaves highlighted with gold, a pair of rings, and smaller rosettes and flowers.

 

This version of the pattern is categorized as B2 by Pierre Debomy, in “Tobacco Leaf and Pseudo” at pp. 146 - 149.

 

The reverse unmarked and bears old labels.

 

Condition: Minor rubbing to the gilding, faint hairline on the rim; otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage.

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