REF No. 6424
pair of chinese painted enamel saucer dishes, canton imperial workshop


18th century
Diameter: 6½ in, 16.3 cm

each with rounded sides standing on a broad foot ring, and painted in the famille-rose palette. Each well is decorated with a large spray of fruits and flowers, including chrysanthemum, peach, finger citron, camellia, rose, pink and prunus, all enclosed by a narrow frieze of scrolling flowers on a yellow ground. Each cavetto is painted with five bats (Wu fu) and clouds against a pinkish-mauve ground, beneath a formal blue classic scroll around the rim. The exterior sides are painted with a broad floral scroll above bands of blue and pink classic scroll, and each base bears a phoenix medallion in shades of blue on a yellow ground.

One formerly in the collection of Sir Harry Garner and sold by Messrs Bluett, London; and the other formerly in the collection of Alfred and Ivy Clark and illustrated in Keverne, Fine and Rare Chinese Works of Art and Ceramics (Winter 2008), no. 55, p. 72.

Wu fu (The Five Blessings) are longevity, wealth, health, love of virtue and a peaceful death.

A very similar dish is illustrated in Gillingham, Chinese Painted Enamels, no. 46, p. 44; for related dishes, see Arapova, Chinese Painted Enamels, no. 165a, pl. 109; and Palace Museum, Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Enamels, Vol. 5, no. 232, pp. 294–5.



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pair of chinese painted enamel saucer dishes, canton imperial workshop