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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This plate is an interesting historical testimony to how Chinese porcelain manufacture was influenced by the wishes of the customers and by competition from European porcelain manufacture in the eighteenth century. The decoration depicts European carpenters busy sawing timber. It is a European motif painted in polychrome enamel paints with gold trimming. The gold-painted cartridges follow the motifs and style of the European enamel painter Hörold. His decoration was painted on the porcelain at Meissen in Dresden.

History of the Object
The Swedish East India Company was founded in 1731. Permits were issued and companies were formed which operated during five periods in the years 1731–1813. Experienced Dutch businessmen were called in to build up the operations. The goods were auctioned in Gothenburg. A great deal was shipped on to other countries. Less than half of the merchandise stayed in Sweden. The import of China that the Swedish ships brought in is assumed to be around 11 million objects. The Europeans ordered China with patterns and forms that were alien to the Chinese. Pattern from the European Manufacturer Meissen in Dresden was copied for export to Europe. It is now shown in the exhibition China – in the middle of the World at Kulturen in Lund Literature: Kulturens årsbok 2008, Eva Kjerström Sjölin

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
China/Porcelain 
Measurements
Diameter 11.7 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
Qing, Qianlong (1736-95) 
Function
 
Acquisition
Bought in 1991 from Antik West, Göteborg 
Copyright
Kulturen in Lund (photo Viveca Ohlsson) 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Kulturen in Lund 
Museum
The Museum of Cultural History, Lund 
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