This is a beautiful plate made in China for export to the West in the Yongzheng/Qianlong period between 1730 and 1740. Because of its symbolism, this plate would make a wonderful small wedding gift. The plate is heavily potted and has a beautiful thick greyish glaze. The decoration was executed in bold strokes and is called "Cuckoo in the House", but has nothing to do with a cuckoo. It holds, however, much symbolism: a phoenix, or feng huang, flying over a wu-tong tree, symbolising the male and female energies and good luck for the whole family; a big peony bush bringing spring and fertility; a rock formation bringing a long life; bamboo and prunus blossoms bringing moral integrity and beauty; and lastly a house with a little bird inside, perhaps the young of the phoenix?
CONDITION REPORT The plate is in excellent antique condition. There is a worn gilt rim around the plate, but as the gilt is not really part of the design (it may even have been done in the West) it doesn't disturb that it is worn. There are many small imperfections in the glaze, but this is from production. Antique porcelain is never perfect.
Everything was handwork and kilns were fired on wood or coal, creating a lot of dust and other particles that could get baked into the porcelain by accident. Due to the shrinkage in the kiln, items can have small firing lines, which should not be seen as damage but as an imperfection of the time of production. I will reflect any damage, repairs, obvious stress marks, crazing or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks, stains and gilt disintegration can be normal for vintage items and need to be taken into account. There is widespread confusion on the internet about the difference between chips and nicks, or hairlines and cracks. I will reflect any damage as truthfully as I can, i.
A nick is a tiny bit of damage smaller than 1mm and a chip is something you can easily see with the eye; a glazing line is a break in the glazing only; hairline is extremely tight and/or superficial and not picked up by the finger; and a crack is obvious both to the eye and the finger. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures. The item "Chinese Export plate, Cuckoo in the House pattern, Yongzheng/Qianlong ca 1735" is in sale since Tuesday, July 9, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian/Oriental Antiques\Chinese\Porcelain". The seller is "rattlethecups" and is located in London.This item can be shipped worldwide.