Offered for sale is an elaborately decorated porcelain Chinese Export Rose Mandarin platter made in about 1825. The platter’s edge is painted with a narrow gilt stripe. Its wide rim is decorated with a white/yellow/pink chrysanthemum flanked by two blue bats and alternating with a gilt-accented brown basket of plenty filled with pink flowers and yellow fruit motif with trailing pink flowers and green leaves and vines set against a darker brown ground. There is a stylized blue on blue Greek Key design separating the flowers and baskets from the ground. Inside this is a thin gilt line surrounding the busy central image. The center of the platter has a very whimsical scene. From the top: There is a gathering of an overlord and courtiers on a central roofed balcony. The central overlord is elaborately dressed in a flowing red gown. He is seated on a chair with a yellow fabric covering, and he is flanked by two well-dressed young women, possibly courtesans and possibly servants, who are holding fans. It must be a hot summer day. To the left is a courtier in a similar flowing red gown who seems to have a scroll, possibly a petition of some sort, in the crook of his arm. And to the right is a blue-robed courtier looking down at the courtyard below. This balcony is flanked by two buildings. The left-most building has a balcony with four observers also overlooking the courtyard below. They appear to be either younger, or possibly servants, from their less elaborate dress. There is a red-robed observer sitting to the right of the balcony. Possibly sitting in a tree, or possibly standing on a hillside? And the roof of another building is to his right. Directly below the central balcony is a very lively scene. There are six horses within the pink and white tiled courtyard. A brown central horse is facing the balcony, so he is facing away from the observer and his long tail seems to touch the tiles. This horse is flanked by a number of people including a red-robed boy with a gilt-accented horn on the left. Perhaps he is announcing the arrival of an even more important overlord? (Judging by the elaborate garb of the central figure just in front of the brown horse.) There are two white horses to the right of center, with two well-dressed courtiers attending them. On the far right is an open room, a porch perhaps, with three observers to the central scene, one in a green robe, and two in red. To the left of center is the first floor of the leftmost building, also with three well-dressed observers to the central scene. And in front of this balcony are two well-dressed courtesans, one on a brown horse and the other on a white horse. All of the costumes worn by the courtiers in the courtyard have gilt decoration throughout. There is a large rock on the left, a landscape accent to the house behind it. There is also a fenced rock and landscape garden to the right set in front of the building on the right. High trees grow on either side of this scene, and their branches and leaves overhang either side of the high central balcony. It would be wonderful to have more information about the happenings depicted on this platter! There are gilt highlights throughout the decoration on this platter which I have attempted to show in my pictures. The platter measures 19” wide by 16 3/16” top-to-bottom. It rings like a bell when tapped. There is some wear to the platter, from use and from age! And there is evidence of some minor careful restoration, especially to the fencing around the rock gardens. The underside of the platter is not marked. Please see my pictures!
Chinese Export Porcelain Rose Mandarin Platter Ca. 1825
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