BOW PORCELAIN OCTAGONAL PLATE
Two Quail (Partridge) Pattern
Painted in the Japanese Kakiemon style with iron red, blue and green enamels and gilt with two quails, (sometimes referred to as
partridges), one iron red and one blue with a green patch on its wing, beneath a blooming prunus and with other floral shrub to the side,
within a an iron red and gilt meandering leaf and floral border (derived also from a Japanese design) the rim with further floral sprays
Condition: Excellent; a small restored nicks at two rim points
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Quails have graced porcelain for over 300 years, their spiritual history with mankind extending back several thousand years.
To the Japanese and Chinese, quails represented courage, longevity and peace. They were represented in the 17th and
18th centuries by the Chinese in blue and white, and in famille rose. The Japanese depicted quails in the asymmetrical
Kakiemon style of painting, which was quickly copied by Europe and England in the 18th century.
This English Bow example is painted in the Japanese Kakiemon style.
Bow is one of the earliest successful English porcelain manufactories. Recent research had shown
that they were operating experimentally in London as early as 1740.
8 5/8" Diameter
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