Important Cultural PropertyFamille rose plum-tree plate

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  • 1 piece
  • H4.4 D17.3 bottom D10.8
  • Qing period/Yongzheng era (1723-35)
  • Tokyo National Museum
  • TG-1333

In the period between the end of the Kangxi era (1662-1722) and the Qianlong era (1735-96) in the Qing Dynasty, ceramics and porcelain works with exquisite paintings were produced at the Falang studio, part of the Workshop of the Imperial Household Department in the imperial court. Those works are called falang cai (jp. hōrōsai, enamel works) or more commonly kogetsuken (jp). High-quality materials of white porcelain were used, mainly from the Ching-te-chen kilns, which were brought to Beijing and painted with the funsai (jp) technique, developed from the champlevé method that came from Europe.
The branches of a plum tree with red and white flowers are painted on the top side, with the title-lines in flowing running-script (gyōsho) and the signature-seal written in funsai paint on the blank space. The style of painting is exquisite, precise and full of dignity, making the picture stand by itself as an excellent painting. It can be said that this plate shows the pinnacle of the art of pictured ceramics. The outer part of the backside is painted thickly with olive-green. The inscription "made in the Yongzheng era" written in the printed style is in the double-square of blue funsai at the center of the bottom.