Qing Dynasty “Chine de Commande” Blue and White Dish with American Eagle Design
Blue and white dish made for the United States in China during the Qing dynasty. It is a type of Chinese export porcelain so-called “Chine de commande”, and it was probably produced in Jingdezhen during the Tongzhi and Guangxu period. The figure of an eagle holding three arrows with its right foot and an olive branch with its left foot is depicted on the front. The picture is the American Eagle in the Seal of the United States, but its composition is similar to the Seal of the State of New Mexico, designed shortly after the organization of the Territorial Government.
In the latter half of the 19th century, Qing was the largest trading partner in the United States (mainly on the east coast). From both the bilateral relations at that time and the motif of the painting, it is natural to think that it was given to the United States from China as a state-related souvenir. Still, this plate was found in Thailand and was inherited in Japan.
Although the condition is extremely good, there are several minor hairlines on the rim and the front none of them pass through the back and no other noticeable defects. A similar piece is listed on the catalogue “Chinese Export porcelain in North America”.
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