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Catalog Number 2014.1.1
Object Name Plate
Description In 1844, one commentator noted the decline of the popularity of Chinese export porcelain in the American market, writing that, "at the present day only a fancy set occasionally comes to this country."

He was probably describing dishes like these, with brightly colored, dense decoration of Chinese figures surrounded by floral borders.

The pattern is known today as rose mandarin, referring to the Chinese figures that decorated the surface, whom Europeans thought were Chinese officials, or mandarins. Designs like these were not just decorative; they also were also informative; in 1808, one European observed that, "plates and tea-saucers have made us better acquainted with the Chinese than we are with any other distant people."
Year Range from 1837
Year Range to 1847
Material Hard-Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, Decorated in Guangzhou (Canton), China
Collection The Reeves Center
Credit line Museum Purchase with Funds Provided by Herbert G. McKay
On View Reeves Center, Chinese Export Porcelain Gallery
Gallery ID Number 38