Dating: c.1730-1745 (Qing Dynasty, Qianlong period)
Dimensions (cm): Ø 63
Inv. no.: PD0472
A plate produced in thick and dense porcelain. On the outside, the edge and the bottom of the plate are filled with black enamel, over which arabesques and foliage in green tones are drawn, framing six large peonies in pink and white arranged in the shape of a crown; two daisies; fluttering butterflies with multiple colours; and several smaller peonies in shades of iron red, blue, yellow and white.
The decorative theme of this plate follows the fashion employed throughout the centuries in the Porcelain-producing furnaces. Ever since the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), flower and peonies windings were fundamental elements of the Chinese naturalist decorative repertoire. They symbolise Spring, Wealth and Prosperity. In the same way, joining flower designs with insects was an essential part of the pictorial decoration of Chinese porcelain since the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368 AD). These designs were used throughout the centuries, with special focus on the blue and white pieces from the Transition period (i.e., from the mid-1700’s) and the Yongzheng period (1723-1735).
The decoration of this plate seems to have originated during the Yongzheng period (1723-1735), to which sophisticated elements with various shapes were usually added: paper rolls, indented leaves, among others. The plates also have landscape or flower designs, sometimes coupled with characters and animals, where the common denominator is the excellent quality of the paintings’ formal execution.