A set of three Chinese famille-rose saucer dishes, Qianlong (1736-1795).

The dishes are painted in the centre with flower sprays, including peony and chrysanthemum, within a decorative panelled border set with four butterflies, 26cm in diameter.

The term famille-rose refers to Chinese porcelain wares first manufactured during the reign of Yongzhen in the Qing dynasty (1723-1735).

The overglaze rose colours were first introduced from Europe around 1685 and were known by the Chinese as yangcai, or foreign colours.

By the early 18th Century they had become very popular and superceded famille-verte during the reign of Yongzhen.


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