Inventory no.: 625

625. Baba Nonya Diner Plates, China


Five Straits Chinese Dinner Plates

China but for the Straits Chinese Market

late 19th – early 20th century

diameter: 15.7cm

Each of these five plates is finely enamelled with a phoenix perched on ornamental rockwork beside pink and blue peonies, framed by a pink-ground border of lotus and Buddhistic emblems and a scalloped, gilded rim. The reverse of each is decorated with detached floral sprigs. Each plate is identical in form and size but the decorations differ slightly suggesting that they all belong to one set but various artisans were responsible for different parts of the decoration.

Each has a ‘Chou Shun Hsing’ shop mark to the base.

These plates most probably belonged to a set of porcelain commission from China by a wealthy Malacca or Singapore

baba family for an elaborate wedding.

Overall condition is excellent with relatively little loss to the gilded scalloped edges although three plates have faint hairlines.

Inventory no.: 625