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A Chinese export Cherry Picker dish Qianlong

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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.

A Chinese export Cherry Picker dish Qianlong
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