REF No. 6349
chinese famille rose porcelain charger
Qianlong period circa 1740
Diameter: 14 inches; 36cm
An unusual and brightly painted Chinese porcelain charger decorated in famille rose enamels with a central scene of Chinese figures, the rim and cavetto with densely filled decorative borders.
The scene here shows a fortune teller talking to two elegantly dressed young officials, with two fan-bearing attendants behind them. The bearded fortune teller, with a bat flying above him, has a cloth over his sleeve with the Chinese characters for shan guan qi se, which means ‘skilled at seeing the colour (quality) of your aura (qi)’.