Description & Technical information

Qianlong period 
European Market 
An unusual and brightly painted Chinese porcelain charger decorated in famille rose enamels with a central scene of Chinese figures, the rim and cavetto with densely filled decorative borders. The scene here shows a fortune teller talking to two elegantly dressed young officials, with two fan-bearing attendants behind them. The bearded fortune teller, with a bat flying above him, has a cloth over his sleeve with the Chinese characters for shan guan qi se, which means ‘skilled at seeing the colour (quality) of your aura (qi)’.

Date:  1740
Period:  1600-1750, 18th century
Origin:  China
Medium: porcelain
Dimensions: 36 cm (14¹/₈ inches)
Categories: Oriental and Asian Art