A Chinese Export Porcelain Blue and White `Tea Production` Plate, Early Qianlong Period c.1740. This Piece is from the Well Known but Rare Service Depicting the Cultivation and Marketing of Tea. The Baroque Shell Border is Shown in the Well. The Base is Numbered `3`.
Condition: Poor, this dish had a handle added to it, probably in Holland during the 19th century, it is likely it was silver. This has been removed and the two small holes filled, these are c.3-4 mm across. There are two long hairline cracks c.45-48mm sealed. A chip c.12 x 5mm to the from edge has been filled.
Size: Diameter : 28.9 cm (11 1/2 inches).
References:For a plate of this pattern See : The Choice of the Private Trader, The Private Market in Chinese Export Porcelain illustrated from the Hodroff Collection (David S.Howard, Zwemmer,1994. ISBN 0 302 00642 7) Page 84 Item 69.
Also See : China for the West, Chinese Porcelain & other Decorative Arts for Export illustrated from the Mottahedeh Collection ( David S. Howard and John Ayers, Sotheby`s,1978), Pages 214 and 215.
For two blue and white porcelain jugs with designs from this service see our `Sold Items` stock numbers 20489 and 204891.
The main design as well as the Baroque border pattern were specially commissioned after a set of Chinese paintings depicting tea cultivation, each of the designs were numbered. Howard (See first reference below) speculates “The border was probably first used (in famille rose) on an armorial service for the Snoek family of Amsterdam. It is possible that there is some link between the two services, for a set a set of twenty four of these plates is known in Holland”.