'The 'Nine Flying Dragons" Imperial Chinese Famille Jaune Charger, Qianlong Style
Qianlong style design featuring nine five clawed imperial multi coloured dragons interspersed with mauve, pink, blue and white flowers against a striking yellow ground. Framed by ruyi and scrolled/ivy and pink and turquoise ruyi borders - all very auspicious.
Nine 5 clawed dragon are highly symbolic: nine is a divine number in Chinese tradition, the dragon is composed of nine animals.
The dragon has long been associated with benevolence and fertility as a being who brought rain to the people, and has come to symbolize strength, protection, happiness and goodness.
The imperial power first claimed the dragon as a symbol for the emperor in the Han dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD) when rulers looked to bring good fortune to their lands. As early as the Tang dynasty (618-907), the dragon motif became a symbol of power as an integral part of the emperor's robe.
Hallmarked on the underside red as shown. A very nice display piece for the home.
Vintage. Mid 20th Century
Condition is very good with some typical glaze loss and manufacturing flaws.
13 3/4" diameter x 2 3/4" tall.