Antique ca 1745 Chinese Porcelain Dish Encre de Chine THE BIRTH OF JESUS

Antique ca 1745 Chinese Porcelain Dish Encre de Chine THE BIRTH OF JESUS

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Condition Report: restored section to rim. Also small chip and flint to rim. Size 22.5x2.5CM DiameterxHeight
Sharing with you this fantastic and unusual Chinese porcelain dish. Decorated in Encre de Chine or En grisaille. Th centre with a carefully drawn scene of “The Birth’ en grisaille after a European style drawing or print. There is considerable detail
This dish was part of a set of 3 encre de chine plates with Christian theme. The birth, cruxifiction & resurection of Jesus. The decoration is after an engravings by the Dutch artist Jan Luyken (1649-1712). The plates were made in ca 1740. There is a fourth plate with Ascension, but that one is only known in polychrome. So not part of this set. Very interesting is to notice the Chinese features given to the people in the painting. Most Chinese painters had never seen Europeans. Also notice the “boobs” on Jesus on the cross. It is speculated this came to happen because on the rare occasion Europeans were seen, they where rich merchants that were well “fed”.For reference pictures and also a full set we owned in the past, see pictures. This listing is for 1 plate only, just showing how a complete set looks like 🙂

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Weight 1 kg


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China Dynasty Period


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