Chinese Export Underglaze Blue Plate with Garden Scene and Double Diaper Border with Scalloped Edge, Qianlong Period, 2nd Quarter 1700s

Qianlong Period, 2nd Quarter 1700s
Diameter 22.5
Standard Parcel
£ 45
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A Chinese export plate in underglaze blue, featuring a pine tree against lingzhi fungus, bordered by a fence and peony tree. The plate curve features a trellis pattern broken up by floral panels. Around the scalloped edge is a second trellis border. The blue tinged glaze and straw coloured foot rim points to a date of manufacture in the second quarter of the 18th century. As is usual with Chinese export porcelain, the underneath is unmarked.
The plate has minor fritting and two very fine hairline cracks. Small areas of rubbing to the glaze on the front.
The pine retains its leaves in winter and so for the Chinese symbolises strength of character. The peony is a symbol of wealth and honour and the lingzhi fungus is associated with long life.