This is a delicately painted example of 19th Century Chinese export porcelain for the American market. It is scalloped and has a footed base that is pierced with holes to enable hanging. The center is painted with flowers, leaves, and butterflies. The border is a narrow band of floral decoration and there are three floral sprays around the outside of the bottom. Although it was designed for hanging there is no sign that it was ever wired. The design is very simple but the combination of the scattered painting, the completely filled in border and the scalloped edge form a complimentary set of design elements that balance each other in the Chinese tradition. The overall effect is increased by the depth of the center which flattens out sharply from the side. This wonderful piece came from a fine New England collection.
Measurements are: diameter, 12 1/2 inches; height, 2 1/2 inches.
Condition is very good aside from minor scattered discolorations.
This scarce example would make a fine addition to any collection of Chinese export porcelain or for anyone interested in 19th Century decoration.
Item ID: JT33