Pair of Qianlong Blue Underglaze Chinese Export Porcelain Deer Plates or Platters


A pair of matching antique, late 17th-early 18th-century Qing Period (1644-1795), Qianlong Dynasty (1735-1796) Chinese export porcelain platters or large serving dishes or plates, in traditional blue and white, specifically in a cobalt blue underglaze with a celadon-white glaze and brown edges. Pointed, scalloped corners to a roughly octagonal shape. The center design is a landscape featuring a spotted stag with antlers and a spotted deer looking at each other, symbolizing longevity, surrounded by a pine tree (strength, longevity), rocks (durability, steadfastness), peonies (riches, honor, love, affection), a bird (freedom, happiness), a butterfly (young love), lingzhi fungi (immortality), and a pond or stream (life). Flower, butterfly, cloud, wave, and quatrefoil diaper pattern border. 15.5ʺW × 1.5ʺD × 12.5ʺH