A set of 2 hand-painted chinese plates

Feb 22, 2021. 22:36 UTC
A set of 2 hand-painted chinese plates
Sarah
United States of America

Acquired from
Inherited

For sale
Yes
Description

Both plates measure 8 3/4 inches in diameter. They have stickers on the back in German that state early 1800s, approximate worth 2,000 DM and Famille veste (verte maybe). Also says green family? One plate was broken and repaired.

Provenance

These 2 plates belonged to my late great aunt in Germany. My great aunt owned these from at least the 1950s because as young children we remember them hanging on her wall. My mother inherited them from her and then my sister and I inherited them from my mother. The broken plate was repaired either before my great aunt bought them or while in her possession.

Answered within 1 day
Feb 24, 15:37 UTC
By Leah I.

Fair Market Value

$1,800 - $2,100 USD

Insurance Value

$3,900 USD
What does this mean?

Thank you for contacting Mearto.

I agree with you that it must be meant to read “famille verte” (green family), which is a type of Chinese porcelain whose palette is dominated by green, and usually has a lot of orange. Famille verte was commonly produced during the Kangxi era in China (1654-1722).

The double blue line with no characters in the middle on the bottom is also a hallmark of that era. It’s an unusual feature with an interesting back story (see below). The damage to one of the plates will negatively affect the price, but these are very valuable. I’ve included links to sales of similar plates below. There is a variance in prices, and part of that has to do with the reputation of the auction house. The Fair Market Value of the single unbroken plate is between $1800 and $2100. Collectors are interested in repaired plates, and these plates are historically valuable. Sold as a set, they could be worth slightly more.

Almost identical plate as yours:
https://www.mfordcreech.com/Kangxi_Chinese_Export_Famille_Verte_Deep_Dish.html

Simliar Kangxi plates:

($600)
https://www.bukowskis.com/en/auctions/571/1697-a-famille-verte-dish-qing-dynasty-kangxi-1662-1722

($437)
https://www.catawiki.com/l/19352091-famille-verte-plate-china-ca-1700-kangxi-period

($2100)
https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2003/japanese-and-chinese-works-of-art-w03756/lot.346.html

($1940)
https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2003/chinese-ceramics-works-of-art-am0887/lot.124.html

($1920 for pair)
https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2002/americana-n07756/lot.12.html

About Kangxi era double blue line:

“There was a brief time during the Kangxi period in 1667 when the emperor issued an edict forbidding the use of his reign mark on porcelain in case the ceramics were smashed and discarded. This resulted in many porcelain marks simply comprising empty underglaze blue double circles.”

From: https://www.christies.com/features/Reign-marks-on-Chinese-ceramics-An-expert-guide-8248-1.aspx

Sarah tenison Feb 24, 16:52 UTC

Thank you for the appraisal. The information is very helpful. My great aunt always said they were very old and valuable. Thanks so much!
Best regards,
Sarah

Leah i. Feb 25, 12:08 UTC

You're very welcome. They're beautiful pieces.

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