This is a beautifully hand painted example of a Chinese porcelain 18th Century plate, which we date to the Qing, Yongzheng period (1723-1735) or very early in the Qianlong period . The plate is delicately hand decorated, overglaze, with enamels of pale turquoise, blue, green, white, burnt orange, mauve, pink and black all in varying shades with good hand gilded detail. The central well decoration shows two Deer in a woodland setting with flowering shrubs emanating from rocks, all beautifully executed with excellent detail. There is a continuous inner dart gilded border around the central well and three floral sprigs to the cavetto. The outer rim has a double outer circle, hand painted in dark grey. The foot rim is neatly finished and there are no markings to the base.
The Deer (luh) is often depicted on Chinese porcelain and denotes honour and success in study. This is a very beautiful Plate and a very good example of the high quality painting achieved in this period.
Height: 2.8 cm (1.1 in)Diameter: 23.12 cm (9.1 in)
Overall Good / Very Good. One small rim nibble. One glaze hairline from the rim about 3.5 cm long - very hard to see. Slight gilding loss to left hand Deer. Please see images.