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    Identification of decoration and origin

    The attached photo is of a plate that I cannot determine both the origin or the pattern.

    Your help would be appreciated.

    Chinese "provincial" mid 19th century ware

    This decoration first occurred on the end papers of a fine edition of Buddhist sutras and chants compiled by Imperial order of the Yongle emperor in 1419 and 1420 - i.e. very early during the Ming dynasty.

    These books are still extant.

    The decoration was also first used on Yongle Imperial porcelain of this time and is seen as a sign of his conversion to Buddhism.

    The decoration got popular and was widely copied during the centuries to follow, and are in fact still used in a modernized version.

    Your dishes are most probably made in the mid 19th century, during the Tongzhi 1862 - 1874 period.

    Regarding its place of production it is also - most probably - Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province.

    Thank you for your interest.

    Best regards,
    Jan-Erik Nilsson