Unusual 19th Century Chinese Export Small Canton Platter

Unusual 19th Century Chinese Export Small Canton Platter

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Blue and white Canton plate, first half 19th century.

 

Dimensions: Approximately 9¾” x 6

 

Decoration:  

The border is decoration is more complex than is typical. Above the typical diaper pattern is a thin band of vertical lines.

 

Below the diaper pattern, rather than the usual rain and cloud pattern, the vertical lines are edged with a series of elongated loops.

 

The cavetto is decorated with a whirling rather than a diaper pattern.

 

The central scene is naively executed with buildings, islands, a bridge without figures, a sampan, other boats, mountains, trees, and rocks.

 

For a discussion of Canton scenes and borders see Madsen & White, “Chinese Export Porcelains” (2009), and Forbes, “Hills and Streams: Landscape Decoration on Chinese Export Blue and White Porcelain” (1982).

 

Condition: Rim flea bite, chips on reverse; otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage.