CHINESE EXPORT "PSEUDO TOBACCO LEAF" DEEP SOUP PLATE
Of cut notched octagonal form, painted in underglaze blue and iron red, chartreuse, rose and bianco
sopra bianco, heightened with gilt, with hibiscus blossoms, flowerheads and mons amidst curling serrated and lobed
leaves within a blue line border; brown-dressed rim
The Tobacco Leaf patterns - one of the most prized of the Chinese Export porcelains - was introduced c1780. The
design depicts - rather than actual tobacco leaves - tropical multicolored foliage, with hibiscus and passion flowers.
Sometimes the bold leaves of the Nicotiana (flowering tobacco) plant are shown. Originally designed for European market -
especially for England and Portugal - the palette consists of underglaze cobalt blue, with all other enamels (including gold,
turquoise, green, yellow, white,purple) applied over the glaze. The pattern is considered one of the most exotic and
colorful Chinese export of that period.
Condition: excellent; several very minor rim frits
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