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Chinese Plates

Alongside the production of porcelain in China around 600 A.D. came the innovation of plate dishware. While some Chinese plates have been made from lacquered wood, the primary medium for plate creation has historically been ceramic. These works were typically painted with jade-like blue-green celadon in the Qing-Hua blue and white style using cloisonne and other techniques.

Known for the intricately stylized and beautiful paintings decorating the surface, Chinese plates became particularly popular exports to Europeans and other Western countries during the 18th and 19th centuries. In fact, a large number of plates were created for the sole purpose of exports.


Quick Facts

  • Before porcelain plates became popular amongst the average Western population, Chinese plates were in high demand by European nobility since the 14th century
  • In 1708 the Europeans discovered how to create porcelain plates on their own. As the processes became more well known, nobilities began to collect plates from locally made kilns. However, people still turned to China for their unique, intricate, and stunning motifs
  • During it’s height of popularity, Chinese export plates were generally not used for food, but obtained as collectors items for display purposes only

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A Chinese cloisonné enamelled 'Dragon' plate, raised on gilt bronze mounts, late 19thC, ø 31,5 cm (plate)
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A VERY UNUSUAL 15TH CENTURY CHINESE CLOISONNE ENAMEL PLATE Ming, decorated with lotus to top and bot
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Est: £100- £150
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A Chinese Red & White Crackle Glaze Dish with Central Dragon Detail
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An enamelled Chinese famille noir plate with floral design, Diameter 23.5cm
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Antique Chinese Large Round Charger
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A Chinese polychrome 'Eight Horses' deep plate, Tongzhi mark and of the period, ø 25,5 cm
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A Chinese polychrome 'Eight Horses' deep plate, Tongzhi mark and of the period, ø 25,5 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €500- €700
€2402 Bids
A Song style crackleware plate
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A Song style crackleware plate
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Est: $100- $300
$301 Bid
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May 22, 11:00 AM BST
A 17TH/18TH CENTURY CHINESE LONGQUAN CELADON MOULDED DISH Late Ming. 14.5 cm diameter.
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £100- £150
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A RARE PERSIMMON-GROUND SWATOW CHRYSANTHEMUM PLATE
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A RARE PERSIMMON-GROUND SWATOW CHRYSANTHEMUM PLATE
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Est: $2,500- $4,000
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May 30, 9:00 AM CEST
Paar grosse Porzellanplatten
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Est: CHF640- CHF800
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May 19, 10:00 AM CEST
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May 19, 10:00 AM CEST
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May 23, 6:30 PM CEST
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Est: €200- €250
€2001 Bid
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May 23, 6:30 PM CEST
Chine. Grand plat en porcelaine de Canton. On y joint un second accidenté. Diam : 40 cm
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Est: €300- €400
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A CHINESE DISH FOR THE ISLAMIC MARKET 二十世紀 外銷伊斯蘭墨彩盤
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A CHINESE DISH FOR THE ISLAMIC MARKET 二十世紀 外銷伊斯蘭墨彩盤
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