REF No. 6544
Chinese export porcelain charger with elephant and mahout
Qianlong period circa 1770
Diameter: 10¾ inches; 27.5cm
A Chinese export porcelain dish painted in famille rose with an elephant and rider, the rim with bianca-sopra-bianca border and gilt spearhead at the outer rim.
This is an item that may have been made for the European colonial market in India, where the East India ships would stop on their long journey between Western Europe and Canton. This market grew as the colonies in India became more established and settled by wealthy European administrators. These items would have been supplied by the private traders on the ships, most likely, in this case, of the English East India Company.
References: Beurdeley 1962, p167, cat 81, a tureen and cover from this service is illustrated.