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

Antique Rose Medallion Early Chinese Export 19th C Porcelain TUREEN Lidded Bowl
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A Rare Chinese Vintage Rose Medallion Porcelain Plate With Antique Brass Frame
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Pair of Antique Chinese Export Porcelain Plates Rose Medallion Roosters
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Chinese rose medallion porcelain plate 85d
Chinese rose medallion porcelain plate 85d $50.00
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18C ANTIQUE CHINESE EXPORT FAMILLE ROSE MEDALLION PLATE w BUTTERFLY
18C ANTIQUE CHINESE EXPORT FAMILLE ROSE MEDALLION PLATE w BUTTERFLY $175.00
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WONDERFUL ANTIQUE CHINESE PORCELAIN CANTON ROSE MEDALLION MANDARIN PLATES FO DOG
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antique famille rose medallion umbrella stand 18 1 2 chinese asian
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Chinese Export Rose Medallion Sweet Meat Condiment Set Orig box Porcelain VTG
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Large Heavy 12 Chinese Rose Medallion Vase Signed Oriental Scene Asian
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Monumental Chinese Famille Rose Medallion Charger mid late 19th Century
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Large Chinese Canton Famille Rose medallion porcelain butterfly dish 19thC No2
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ASIAN 20th C Chinese Rose Medallion porcelain twenty four pieces teapot
ASIAN 20th C Chinese Rose Medallion porcelain twenty four pieces teapot $150.00
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Circa 1890s Great Set of 8 Chinese Export Porcelain Rose Medallion Plates
Circa 1890s Great Set of 8 Chinese Export Porcelain Rose Medallion Plates $200.00
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ESTATE FIND OLD CHINESE FAMILLE ROSE MEDALLION WALL POCKET WITH EXOTIC BIRDS
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Rare Antique Chinese Rose Medallion Reticulated Porcelain Plate 5
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Fine Antique Chinese mid 18th C Canton Famille Rose Medallion Cabinet Vases
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4 Chinese Canton Famille Rose Medallion Dishes Chargers 19c Circa 1880 signed
4 Chinese Canton Famille Rose Medallion Dishes Chargers 19c Circa 1880 signed $399.00
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Antique Chinese Canton Famille Rose Medallion Dishes Charger
Antique Chinese Canton Famille Rose Medallion Dishes Charger $69.00
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Rare Antique Chinese Rose Medallion Reticulated Porcelain Plate 3
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Vintage Famille Rose Medallion Bowl Large Chinese 10 Diameter Gorgeous
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FINE 19THC CHINESE QING FAMILLE ROSE MEDALLION LAZY SUSAN SERVING SECTIONS WOOD
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Chinese rose medallion porcelain plate 95d
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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.