19th c. Chinese Export Blue & White Antique Canton Pottery Platter
#AD063: Platter, Meat Dish, Ashet or Game Plate
This is a wonderful and wildly painted 11 x 8 inch Chinese Canton oriental platter dating from the Victorian era, 19th century. It is in good condition with no cracks, chips or repairs. There is some edge wear, as seen in photos, which we feel adds to the rustic charm.
Guangzhou is the capital of Guangdong sheng province, in southern China. Because of its location on the Pear River and access to the South China Sea, it was the first port in China to be visited by Europeans, as traders and explorers, who referred to it as Canton. From 1785-1895, Canton was a leading export center for Chinese Export porcelain, which is now known by that name in the antique and vintage pottery trade. The colours were all beautiful, many pieces done in classic blue and white.
Interestingly, the pottery was made in the province of Ching-Te Chen, fired, and then carried down to the docks where various Canton families would decorate it. It was then loaded on large ships for the west, also becoming known as "ballast ware", stored on the journey in the ballast of the ships. American and English ports during this period were wildly hungry for Chinese design, and and one would be considered elite and wealthy to have acquired it. The two opium wars in China in the mid 19th c (fought over Chinese trade) later directly hampered this exporting. The interest in export china then waned in the latter part of the 19th century.
Click images to see condition in very close up and movable views. Let it be known that Canton ware generally has rougher surfaces and irregularities, which is a defining trait, see photos. This platter features Chinese architecture, wild and bold graphic lines, deep blue and white colours and much movement and originality with much far east Asian influences. A lovely old original Chinoiserie piece was found in Totnes, Devon, England.
Size: 11 x 8 inches
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