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|
|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|