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Identification of decoration and origin

The attached photo is of a plate that I cannot determine both the origin or the pattern.

Your help would be appreciated.


Chinese "provincial" mid 19th century ware

This decoration first occurred on the end papers of a fine edition of Buddhist sutras and chants compiled by Imperial order of the Yongle emperor in 1419 and 1420 - i.e. very early during the Ming dynasty.

These books are still extant.

The decoration was also first used on Yongle Imperial porcelain of this time and is seen as a sign of his conversion to Buddhism.

The decoration got popular and was widely copied during the centuries to follow, and are in fact still used in a modernized version.

Your dishes are most probably made in the mid 19th century, during the Tongzhi 1862 - 1874 period.

Regarding its place of production it is also - most probably - Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province.

Sincerely,
Jan-Erik Nilsson



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