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Maker(s):Worcester Royal Porcelain
Culture:English (1862-1976)
Date Made:ca. 1870
Type:Food Service
Materials:ceramic: vitreous earthenware, overglaze polychrome enamels, gilding
Place Made:United Kingdom; England; Worcester
Measurements:overall: 1 x 10 1/2 in.; 2.54 x 26.67 cm
Accession Number:  HD 1998.33
Credit Line:Museum Collections Fund

English Royal Worcester porcelain (bone china) circular plate in the "Rose Mandarin" pattern in pink, purple, green, blue, turquoise, orange, brown, yellow, black, and gilding, which was probably painted by Po-Hing, a Cantonese porcelain decorator decorator who immigrated to England, worked for the Royal Worcester Porcelain Factory in the 1870s. According to Henry Sandon, this type of enameling has incorrectly been attributed to decorators in China working on Worcester blanks. Po-Hing enameled in a typical Cantonese style of the 19th century, and appears to have worked exclusively on Worcester Factory’s vitreous ware body, a high-fired earthenware. At first glance his work can be confused with Chinese porcelain examples decorated in Canton famille rose patterns. The stark white body of ceramic and the impressed Worcester mark on the reverse are obvious differences between his production and Chinese originals. The plate has a wide rim decorated with flowers, birds, and four circular reserves; the shallow well has six Chinese figures - four standing and two sitting - in an outdoor pavillion. The base has an impressed mark for Royal Worcester Porcelain; and "VITREOUS"; and a modern paper label, "The Cockrell Collection / #70."

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