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Antique Chinese Export Famille Rose Saucer

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  • China, circa 1780
  • Dimensions: 5 1/4 inches circumference, 1 1/4 inches height

The term Famille Rose refers to porcelain glazed with enamels in a predominantly pink, yellow, green and blue color palette. This coloring is created by adding collodial gold, which are tiny fragments of gold suspended in water, to the glaze. The technique was introduced to China from Europe during the reign of the Qing Dynasty Emperor Yongzheng, who ruled from 1723 to 1735. A characteristic of Famille Rose porcelain is a light grayish tint which is the color of the porcelain on the back of a plate or a saucer. This light grayish tint would be exemplified on the base of a vase.

A lovely antique 18th century Chinese Export Famille Rose Saucer. Pink, orange and lavender flowers with green leaves as well as gilt being used in the design, make up this very pretty saucer. Rounding out the color combination, are two borders at the top – one being orange and the other green right below it. The detail work on this 18th century Chinese Export Famille Rose Saucer is exceptional and the saucer is in pristine condition.

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