Cloisonne-style Porcelain Plate

by Iylana

Hello, I recently purchased this plate. Even though it was broken, I thought the style of pottery was so interesting and beautiful that I decided to buy it anyway. I understand that it is a replica, it has a Qianlong dynasty rubber stamp on the bottom. But I would like to know more about this process. The only way I can describe it is that it reminds me of cloisonne, only there seems to be no metal involved. Only certain areas are glazed. If anyone knows any information, I'd be truly grateful for your input :) Thanks!

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by: Snap

I do not watch introduction of 20th- and 21-century decorator ware, and could not guess whether your plate was made in 1986 or 2010.

This site is about Chinese antique porcelain.

Cloisonné-style plate
by: Snap

Your plate may be intended to bring to mind the fahua technique of late Ming Dynasty as well as somewhat Ming-style decoration. It is not a close imitation or reproduction. The fahua style of decoration had colored-glaze painted within raised clay or slip outlines. Compared with metal-outlined cloisonné it could not be nearly as detailed. It was most often done with an overall bark-blue (or slightly greenish blue) background, which your plate also simulates, but usually in the form of vases and covered jars.

The style has been revived at various times, such as in 2nd quarter 20th century for electric-lamp bases. I do not think your example is that old.

You can find more information about fahua style by an internet search.

by: Iylana

Awesome, thanks so much! I was thinking this was probably made in the 1950s-60s. Does that seem correct? Or is there really no way of knowing?

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by: peter

You are right about the age, but I'm not sure about it being a replica. Could be just a later product on its own, with the stamped mark added as decoration.

Basically, there are two types of enameled wares. One type has the enamels on copper or brass, the type you mention, the other has the enamels on top of the porcelain.
Enamels are added on the glaze and are very easily recognized if applied thickly, as is the case with yours.
With some imperial wares the enamels are very thin.

You should not use abrasives or strongly scrub the surface of the plate; the enamel might be scratched as it is not as hard as the vitrified glaze.

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