Chinese export chrestomathy, rose mandarin porcelain

A  collection of choice extracts!  (Taking great liberty with word definition to make a catchy title to my post!) Chinese export porcelain is endlessly interesting and here are a few photos to enlighten…I am always trying to gain a greater understanding….

I love the stories found on the most beautiful pieces of nineteenth century Chinese export porcelain.  The figures at work and at play or leisure are drawn and painted with painstaking detail telling you much about how the artist wanted Western eyes to regard his world.

Chinese export rose mandarin tea cup

Entire dinner sets could be ordered with requests for certain borders and colors.  Imagine the delight of the mistress of the house receiving and opening her long awaited treasures that came by slow boat from China!

While not all of the clients seeking this kind of porcelain want someone else’s monogram, I find that is part of the mystique and value of the piece.  Armorial porcelain with the crest or monogram of the original owner is desirable.

Chinese export rose medallion

How can you not create a story in your mind while gazing at these pieces?  Who is that scholar and who are the people gathered round to hear his learned views or read his precious scroll?  The vase above is called Chinese export rose medallion.  The rose referring to the color palette and the medallion is the style of the work, describing the method of painting scenes within a medallion or enclosed by a shape and border.

A really happy day for me in my work, is finding a beautiful piece of porcelain for an appreciative client seeking an addition to a collection or even for that one enchanting piece to compliment her/his home.  I always recommend buying the best piece you can and the one you love the most.  Do not settle for inferior quality, chipped or cracked porcelain.  And then TAKE CARE of it and treasure it as the first owner surely did!


About Jayne on Weed Street

Wife, mother, and owner of pets much loved. Gardener of three decades, amateur photographer, ardent about art, antiques and books.
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6 Responses to Chinese export chrestomathy, rose mandarin porcelain

  1. I am always amazed at how antique porcelain survives all those years – just shows it pays to always buy quality


  2. Thanks for coming by to visit Dovecote Decor. I naturally loved your post on Chinese Export, I have been a china hound since I was a child.


  3. Jane,
    I love Chinese Porcelain! I can get lost in the intricacies. It is lovely coming back, seeing all of my favorite blogs. Thank you for your kind words. It feels good to find my voice again.


  4. Pondside says:

    I’m glad that you dropped by my Northwest Pond so that I could make a return visit to yours on the east coast.
    I’ve always loved Chinese porcelain – first introduced to it by a very wealthy old Mainline woman on whose property we rented a gatehouse for three delightful years. Her table was always an educational experience for me, as I was newly married and soaking up every new bit!
    I’m your newest follower, and look forward to reading more posts like the ones I’ve already enjoyed.


  5. quintessence says:

    So beautiful!! I especially love your tea cup! I remember your comment months back when I featured a home with porcelain and you so very nicely corrected me – I knew then that you were someone who knew her stuff!


  6. Jayne says:

    I hope I was nice about it!


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