Porcelain Plate with Chinese Woman Design


Compagnie des Indes ( Chinese , 1719 - 1794 )

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General Description

This delicate and finely painted plate is one of an identical pair. Its double border decoration is unusual and is enriched by a rare use of silvered enamel (moyin) on the rim, which also has alternating gold and enamel outlined reserves of blue enamel flowers and gilt lotuses within a brocaded grisaille rice grain pattern. Black and gold outline the central cartouche which has a polychrome enamel scene of a lady playing a lute-like qin. She sits in front of a chest of drawers and is flanked by blue, orange-red, and lavender containers, two of which hold ju-i headed scepters or ladles.

An early 18th century visitor to Jingdezhen (Ching-tê Chên), the French Jesuit missionary Father d'Entrecolle observed Chinese decorators experimenting with the use of silver on porcelain and reported it in a letter dated 1722.

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Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1985), 196.

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