I was drawn to these plates simply for the color and beautiful artistry after first seeing them at an antiques fair. I began to look for them each time there was an opportunity. Several years ago during the fall, my husband and I attended an antiques show and purchased one large, two medium, and two small plates from an English dealer. We were so fortunate that day, because not only were we able to purchase these plates at very reasonable prices, but they were void of chips and the overall condition was excellent. In addition, he took a few moments to give us a brief history:
The celadon plates were made only in the 19th century. They are hand painted using a raised enamel technique. Along with the rose details, butterflies and the bird of paradise are prominent features. The plates also have gilding around the edge. The dark blue Chinese signature on the back makes them more desirable to some.
Later, I came across this absolutely stunning collection of celadon plates in the November 2004 issue of Country Home magazine. The homeowner is an antiques dealer!!! Not only was I still (and continue to be) on the hunt for more small plates, originally I had no idea there were so many other interesting sizes and shapes. Occasionally, I will come across one on ebay, but still prefer to see them in person. Hopefully, one day, I will be able to add some of these beauties to my tiny collection. Then maybe, I too could create a more interesting arrangement!
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