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Pair of Chinese Export Tobacco Leaf Plates

Pair of Chinese Export Tobacco Leaf Small Plates or Large Saucers


Chinese export porcelain plates, circa 1770.


Dimensions: Approximately 6⅛” diameter.



The term “Tobacco Leaf” refers to overall asymmetrical patterns grounded by large leaves. In addition, there is typically a large flower (often referred to as a hibiscus), and smaller flowers, vines, and leaves.


This version of the pattern is categorized as A1.1 by Pierre Debomy, in “Tobacco Leaf and Pseudo” at pp. 78 - 80. A similar pair of small plates is illustrated on p. 79.


The reverse is unmarked and is decorated with three iron red daisies or flowers, one of which is cut in half at the rim.


Debomy states on p. 80: “The [tea] bowls and their saucers are decorated in the inside of the rim, by three red daisies, one of which is cut through its centre by the upper edge of the bowl or the saucer.”



Debomy, “Tobacco Leaf and Pseudo”.


Forbes, “Yang-ts’ai: The Foreign Colors Rose Porcelains of the Ch’ing Dynasty”.


Nadler, “China to Order”.


Condition: In excellent condition consistent with age and usage. Please examine the photos; they are part of the description.


Please note, I do NOT issue partial refunds. If you believe that my description is not accurate, I will refund your purchase price upon receipt of the item in the same condition as it was sent under the terms of the return policy in this listing.


I also do not ship to post office boxes.

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