Description & Technical information

European, possibly English, Market
from the Golden Gate Collection

A Chinese export porcelain dinner plate with famille rose decoration in the Meissen style, with a central view of the Pont St Angelo in Rome, the rim with further landscape panels.

This rare plate shows an Italian topographical scene, painted in the style of many porcelains at Meissen, especially in the rococo iron red, purple and gold flourishes around the panels. The central scene shows the Pont St Angelo over the River Tiber in Rome.
It was a popular view that had been drawn and engraved from the early 17th century onwards, by Mathaus Merian the elder, Petrus Schenk, GB Piranesi and many others. All vary in details of the boats and figures on the riverbanks and none match the design on the plate precisiely, which is quite roughly drawn.
It was reproduced for the Vue Optique series by Nicolas Jean Baptiste de Poilly (1712–1780) and then again for the English Market in about 1760 for John Barrow’s Geographical Dictionary and in separate prints published by Robert Sayer, circa 1770. These last two are much smaller than the others and of the same orientation as the image on the plate. Either could have been the ones taken to China to be copied, indicating that this was made for the English market with appeal to English gentlemen who had spent time on a Grand Tour in Italy.

Date:  Qianlong period circa 1770
Period:  1600-1750, 18th century
Origin:  China
Medium: Porcelain famille rose
Dimensions: 23 cm (9 inches)
Categories: Oriental and Asian Art