Inventory no.: 728

728. Straits Chinese Plates, Nonyaware


Two Straits Chinese Dinner Plates

China but for the Straits Chinese Market

late 19th – early 20th century

diameter: 19.5cm

These two plates, of a good diameter, are 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 has a shop mark to the base: one is indistinct, the other reads ‘Wang Sheng Shu Zao’.

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

baba family for an elaborate Straits Chinese wedding.

Overall condition is excellent with relatively little loss to the gilded scalloped edges. One has a minor restoration to the rim but this is barely detectable.

Inventory no.: 728