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Post by Grumpy Grandad on February 27th 2020, 1:04 am

I'm assuming that these small (3" wide) dishes are Chinese rather than chinoisserie. Lovely, bright decoration and they sit well on those wide pedestal bases. I'm pretty sure they're not very old, probably second half of the C20th, and they're earthenware rather than porcelain.
They were in a box of mixed pots I bought for around £3 at an auction in Newark over 20 years ago.
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Post by NaomiM on February 27th 2020, 1:08 am

I think they are famille rose, Chinese Canton export, lotus shaped dishes, with bat motif on the underside (symbolising good fortune). Second half of the 19thC, maybe.

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Post by Grumpy Grandad on February 28th 2020, 6:43 pm

Only a century older than I thought, then.  Doh!  Thanks, Naomi. Excellent
Just out of interest, wouldn't the predominant green colouring make them more famille vert rather than rose or am I misunderstanding the terminology?


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Post by NaomiM on February 28th 2020, 8:01 pm

It confuses me too :D I think Famille Vert is earlier, before the pink came in, although they did have red. So Famille Rose is green, blue , red, And pink, etc.
The yellow looks quite bright, maybe from when they brought the coloured dyes in in the late 19thC

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