Plate with Arms and Scenes of London and Guangzhou (Translation)
粉彩描金墨繪倫敦廣州徽章圖瓷盤 清雍正 (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

Chinese, for British market
Porcelain with polychrome and gold enamels
Overall: 9 5/16 in. (23.65 cm)
Repeated scenes of the Pearl River in Guangzhou and the river Thames in London decorate the border of this plate. The Guangzhou scene shows the stores scattered on the waterfront before the fancy Western-style stores were built in 1734. The other scene shows the striking landmarks of London Bridge and St. Paul's Cathedral. Rendered in ink enamel, the design is perhaps inspired by a print. It was made by the order of the Lee family of London, whose arms are evident in the center of the plate.
Export ceramics, English market
Qing dynasty, Yongzheng period (1723–1735)
Collectors' Circle Art Purchase Fund
Image released via Creative Commons CC-BY-NC

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