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Chinese porcelain

Chinese porcelain

This Chinese porcelain plate, probably from the late 19th century, is decorated in the famille rose colour palette, popular on Chinese ceramics during that period. The central image is a Chinese rural scene: a woman accompanied by a yellow deer is presented with a box. The plate was part of the collection of Charles and Ella Elgar who lived at Fernside estate near Featherston, Wairarapa, from the 1880s. Ceramics were among a wide range of Asian products imported into colonial New Zealand. Tea was perhaps the most significant, but rum, textiles, furnishings, sugar, rice, ivory, tobacco and fireworks were also brought in.

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David Capie, 'Asia and New Zealand - Early contacts with Asia', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 January 2020)

Story by David Capie, published 20 Jun 2012