Chinese Rose Medallion

People who love colorful chinaware or ones that tell some kind of story are bound to love Rose Medallion china. In fact, this type of china has an explosion of pinks, blues, oranges, greens and a variety of other colors that make them stand out so much that they can be easily spotted almost anywhere. Besides their color, they are also easy to spot because they all start with a focal point or medallion in the center that is richly colored and brightly bordered (usually gold). This medallion then branches off into a number of panels with a vibrant background that can be seen between panels.

Brief History of the Rose Medallion

Large Chinese Canton Famille Rose medallion porcelain bowl Mandarin C1920s
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Rare 19th C Chinese Rose Medallion Quatrafoil Dish
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Huge Antique Chinese Republic Period Artist Signed Rose Medallion Porcelain Box
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CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN FAMILLE ROSE MEDALLION TEAPOT 19thC TWIST HANDLE
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Chinese Porcelain Rose Medallion 10 Plates Decorated Hong Kong Post 1940 50s
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9 Fine Antique Chinese Porcelain Dinner Plates Famille Rose Medallion Pattern
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19TH C CHINESE EXPORT ROSE MEDALLION WASH BOWL Lot 43
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LATE 19TH C CHINESE ROSE MEDALLION VASE Lot 15
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CHINESE ROSE MEDALLION UMBRELLA STAND Lot 24
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Export Famille Rose Medallion Porcelain Bowl
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19TH C CHINESE EXPORT ROSE MEDALLION BEAKER VASE Lot 42
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CHINESE EXPORT QING STYLE ROSE MEDALLION GARDEN SEAT STOOL
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Fine Chinese Famille Rose Medallion Teapot Qing Dynasty 19th Century
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Fine 78in 19thC Chinese Rose Medallion Canton Porcelain Plate c1840
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CHINESE ROSE MEDALLION 14 GOLD GILTED PORCELAIN PLATE EUC
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Five Antique CHINESE ROSE MEDALLION BOWLS Four Reserves Late 1800s
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19THC 1880 ANT CHINESE PORCELAIN CANTON ROSE MEDALLION MANDARIN SET RARE DISHES
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Antique 19th Century Qing Dynasty Chinese ROSE MEDALLION Porcelain VASE
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Beautiful 19th Century Antique Chinese Rose Medallion Porcelain plate
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CHINESE ROSE MEDALLION PLANTAR FLOWER POT JARDINIERE ON WOODEN STAND
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c1860 1900 Beautiful Chinese Rose Medallion Covered Vegetable Serving Dish
c1860 1900 Beautiful Chinese Rose Medallion Covered Vegetable Serving Dish $125.00
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Pair Chinese Canton Famille Rose medallion porcelain plate Mandarin figures 1880
Pair Chinese Canton Famille Rose medallion porcelain plate Mandarin figures 1880 $92.71
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Many people think the flower on these ceramic pieces is a rose because of the name however, it is believed that "rose" refers to the color. In fact, this type of chinaware has been referred to as a member of the "pink family", a classification it received sometime in the 1700s when the Vatican commissioned Jesuit priests to keep a careful catalogue of the things coming out of china. The color classification came from pink being considered the dominant color of the wares; the term "rose" is therefore French.

Fun Facts About Rose Medallion China

The running theme behind Rose Medallion chinaware is "Harmony" which is why it depicts people at leisure. Next, the medallion (or focal point/center) usually has a bird and/or a peony flower. The panels then flow from the center with scenes involving people, birds and butterflies that are decorated with peony leaves and flowers. The number of panels will differ from piece to piece because it is determined by the size of the item however, these colorful pieces are likely to have four or more exquisitely painted panels.

Also, peonies have a fascinating history behind them that could make for a great dinner conversation. Finally, most people who buy this type of china do so for its aesthetic beauty despite the fact that they are fine to use. This tends to make them last for a really long time and in mint condition too!

Great Gift Idea and Decorative Pieces

Rose Medallion pieces make great gift ideas when shopping for someone who loves all things China, cultural, artistic or just beautiful. They make great displays and have the ability to light up the table if they are actually used so this is a gift that can serve multiple purposes. The best part is persons can buy a whole set or just a single piece that can add a pop of color at any meal from breakfast to dinner, or even tea time. Additionally, the list of items is almost endless with everything from teapots, plates, cups, saucers, platters, jardinieres, basins and vases.