A Chinese export famille rose 'Cherry Pickers' dish dating from the Qianlong period. The centre of the dish is boldly decorated with a scene of a man standing on a ladder throwing down fruit from a tree to a woman who is holding out her skirt to catch it. Another woman and a dog are seated next to a wicker basket full of fruit. There is a brown enamel chain link design inside the rim. The rim has a brown dressing. Diameter 20.8cm (8.2")
This well-known design is thought to be taken from a print by Nicolas Ponce after a painting ('La Cueilette des cerises') by Pierre-Antoine Baudouin.
Date: late Qianlong c1780
Condition: This dish is in very good condition. There is a shallow chip from inside the foot rim (see final photograph) and a few small frits to the brown-dressed rim. No cracks and no restoration. There is rubbing to the brown chain link border, and to the double black line around the central scene.
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