A Chinese very large oval porcelain platter with an intricate pattern of wonderfully painted butterflies, insects, flowers and fruit.
A large (15 ½” x 11 ½”) and heavy oval porcelain platter has been decorated in polychrome enamels in a rainbow of colors and then has had gilt edges and accents added. The design of the central well is of a bouquet of flowers and fruit with butterflies and insects flying about the flowers. The painting is very fine with much minute painting and shading of wings, textures, and thin branches. The cavetto is decorated with flower panels surrounded by gilt and butterflies. The base white glaze has an orange peel effect. The glazes feel, smooth, thick and look shiny. Black has been used to accent and outline. The flat bottom shows iron oxide from firing and is not glazed. It feels very smooth from being moved on a flat surface for many years.
Provenance: From the Ellis Family collection, a well-known Pacific Northwest family. The Ellis' were pioneer settlers to the San Juan Islands in the late 19th century. The collection was purchased in the late 19th and early 20th Century.
**Please note that we will (or have), listed several other large matching bowls and serving pieces soon. Please inquire if you are interested**
15.5” (39.4 cm) long x 11.5” (29.2 cm) wide x 1.75” (4.4 cm) tall. Weighs 3 lb 12 oz (1700 g)
There is a tiny rim chip at one end of the platter. There is gilt wear to the mouth rim but the rest of the platter shows very little wear to the gilt. The gilt is in amazing good shape and reflects nicely. There are kiln flaws such as pin holes, black spots, and a few drips on the underside edge. There are no hairlines, breaks or repairs, and the platter rings true. It must have been a cherished piece, as there is hardly any wear.
A very large piece that will show off well, especially with all that glittering gold. An amazing work of painting and potting.