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Chinese Export Chop Platter and Strainer, Rare Unused Marriage Armorial

$ 2,230
  • Description
    This porcelain Chinese Export oversized meat platter has a removable strainer plate. Both pieces have central armorial heart-shaped shields available for the initials of a newly-married couple. The platter has one shield, the strainer plate has two shields. It was made for export to the American market during the Federal Period. The understated decoration of blue banding with gold swags and darts is typical of the American taste during this period. The platter was never personalized at the retail place of sale, however, so it was probably left-over merchant's stock, which is one reason why the condition is so good.

    The shield is topped by two Turtle Doves standing and facing each other on a black and gold silk bolster pillow. They are otherwise known as "Love Birds" since turtle doves mate for life. The shields are surrounded by blue silk draperies with tassels, trimmings and ribbons in cloth-of-gold. These decorations are all symbolic of loyalty, high social status, wealth, and power. The symbols also represent hopes for a long, happy, prosperous marriage. It is a perfect modern-day wedding present. or as a gift for a collector of Chinese Export wares.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Origin: China
    Period: 18th Century
    Materials: Porcelain, hand-decorated with underglaze enamel
    Condition: Good. Wear consistent with age.
    Creation Date: 1795
    Number of Pieces: 2-3
    Styles / Movements: Chinese Export, Traditional, Federal
    Patterns: Animal/Insects, Handmade, Stripes & Solid
    Dealer Reference #: C-XW15
    Incollect Reference #: 483452
  • Dimensions
    W. 17 in; H. 2.75 in; D. 18 in;
    W. 43.18 cm; H. 6.99 cm; D. 45.72 cm;
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