A rare armorial famille-rose enamel on copper dish Maximize

A rare armorial famille-rose enamel on copper dish

Enamels on copper
Qing dynasty, Yongzheng period (1722-1735) - early Qianlong period (1735-1796)
Diameter : 15 cm
French private Collection

A rare famille-rose enamel on a white background and the underside and base enamelled white dish. The edge slightly raised, the body resting on a short circular foot. In the center, a circular medallion enclosing the arms of Bishop Silvio Valenti Gonzaga, framed by two pheasants among the peonies. The cavetto with a large ruyi lappet band with lotus florets and quarterings from the armorial.
The present dish appears to have been made as part of a service for Bishop Silvio Valenti Gonzaga (1690-1756), from the illustrious family of Mantua, who was elevated to the rank of cardinal in 1738 by Pope Clement XII. The famille-rose enamels (fengcai) appear in China at the end of emperor Kangxi's reign (1661 - 1722), only on the painted copper productions of the imperial workshops. The European aristocrats  were especially fond of famille-rose, and ordered expensive armorial famille-roseservices, carried by East India Companies, all along the 18th century.

Chinese painted Enamels. Exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1978. Cat. n°105.
Chinese Painted Enamels from Private and Museum Collections. Exhibition at the China Institute of America, New-York, 1978. Cat. n°39 (from J.A. Lloyd Hyde collection)