A set of eight thinly potted and hand decorated saucers (or small plates) with the 1000 butterfly pattern. The painting is colorful and minute with good line quality, and tiny miniscule details.
The thinly potted porcelain saucers have cut white clay unglazed foot rings and glazed bases that have been covered in a nice white, thick, soft feeling glaze with a shiny appearance. The decoration is of bands of 1000 butterflies with small cartouches of a butterfly on a plant. The central well design is of a bouquet of flowers with butterflies. There is a gilt band at the mouth rim. There is no decoration on the underside of the dishes.
The foot rings have grit adhering to the clay. There is the stamped iron red mark CHINA in an oval on the base of each dish.
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 have - or will be listing - several other matching and coordinating large bowls, tureens, platters, serving and other dishes. Please inquire if you are interested in purchasing one or more pieces together**
Each dish measures 5 ¼” (13.3 cm) diameter x 1” (2.5 cm) deep.
Total weight 1 lb 12.8 oz (870 g)
There are no cracks, chips, or breaks. All eight dishes ring true. The glazes are in very good shape with little gilding wear even at the mouth rim. There are kiln flaws such as smudges, pimples, pin hole reserves and black spots. These occur primarily on the undersides.
An amazingly well preserved set of antique saucers from China that have survived to today. The workmanship is fine and expert.