Tureen with Platter
Dating: c.1770-80 (Qing Dynasty, Qianlong period)
Dimensions (cm): 18,5 x 33,8 x 15,2
Inv. no.: PD0271
A tureen with platter set, in light white porcelain, topped by an irregular bluish glaze – with its distinctive orange-peel appearance.
The tureen is rectangular and has two rabbit-head shaped side handles. The lid’s flange was designed to fit the rim and it has a pomegranate-shaped knob.
It is decorated on both sides with identical river landscapes on a mountainous background and pagoda architecture. The lid is decorated with four flowering branches – peonies on the top and lotuses on the sides.
The platter displays a bucolic river landscape surrounded by mountains, with pines and weeping willows framing the architecture and a bridge which is being crossed by two countryside figures. The set would surely be part of a full table setting, which progressively became customary on a 18th century European dining table.