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

20th Century Chinese Rose Medallion Dragon Handled Vase
20th Century Chinese Rose Medallion Dragon Handled Vase $60.00
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Antique Rose Medallion Chinese Export Porcelain Bowl Large 12
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Large Porcelain Chinese Rose Medallion Bowl circa 1800 1849
Large Porcelain Chinese Rose Medallion Bowl circa 1800 1849 $85.00
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PAIR CHINESE CANTON ROSE MEDALLION PORCELAIN ORMOLU VASES LAMPS 1920S
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Beautiful Antique Vintage ornate chinese gilded rose medallion famille stool
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VINTAGE HAND PAINTED DECORATIVE CHINESE FAMILLE ROSE MEDALLION PLATES 6
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19thC Antique Pair Chinese Export Rose Medallion Porcelain Vases No Reserve
19thC Antique Pair Chinese Export Rose Medallion Porcelain Vases  No Reserve $110.39 (9 Bids)
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Antique Chinese Qing Dynasty Rose Medallion Bough Porcelain Pot vase
Antique Chinese Qing Dynasty Rose Medallion Bough Porcelain Pot vase $350.00
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ANTIQUE CA1870 CANTON ROSE MEDALLION CHINESE PORCELAIN 19thc RARE SHAPED VASE N3
ANTIQUE CA1870 CANTON ROSE MEDALLION CHINESE PORCELAIN 19thc RARE SHAPED VASE N3 $289.00
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PAIR OF CHINESE EXPORT QING STYLE ROSE MEDALLION COVER VASES
PAIR OF CHINESE EXPORT QING STYLE ROSE MEDALLION COVER VASES $145.50
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IMPERIAL 19THC ANTIQUE CHINESE PORCELAIN CANTON ROSE MEDALLION MANDARIN BIG VASE
IMPERIAL 19THC ANTIQUE CHINESE PORCELAIN CANTON ROSE MEDALLION MANDARIN BIG VASE $479.00
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19th c Rose Medallion Chinese Export TUREEN Covered Vegetable Bowl 9 1 4 long
19th c Rose Medallion Chinese Export TUREEN Covered Vegetable Bowl 9 1 4 long $149.00
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Three 19th C Chinese Export Famille Rose Medallion Plates
Three 19th C Chinese Export Famille Rose Medallion Plates $50.00
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Gorgeous Antique Chinese export rose medallion porcelain tureen excellent
Gorgeous Antique Chinese export rose medallion porcelain tureen excellent $400.00
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VINTAGE HUGE GRAND CHINESE VASE ROSE MEDALLION ENAMEL DECOR DRAGON GOLD RELIEF
VINTAGE HUGE GRAND CHINESE VASE ROSE MEDALLION ENAMEL DECOR DRAGON GOLD RELIEF $450.00
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19th c Chinese Export Porcelain Rose Medallion Square Box
19th c Chinese Export Porcelain Rose Medallion Square Box $50.00 (8 Bids)
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Lot Antique Chinese Rose Medallion Porcelain Platter Cup Saucers
Lot Antique Chinese Rose Medallion Porcelain Platter Cup  Saucers $54.88 (9 Bids)
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Antique Chinese famille Rose Medallion Hexagonal Hat Stand Tongzhi Mark
Antique Chinese famille Rose Medallion Hexagonal Hat Stand Tongzhi Mark $79.00
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Chinese Export Serving Dish Rose medallion Mandarin Canton
Chinese Export Serving Dish Rose medallion Mandarin Canton $175.00
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ROSE MEDALLION CHINESE 19TH CENTURY FRENCH GILDED SERVING DISH
ROSE MEDALLION CHINESE 19TH CENTURY FRENCH GILDED SERVING DISH $1,299.99
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Antique Chinese Qing Dynasty Porcelain Rose Medallion Dish Platter bowl
Antique Chinese Qing Dynasty Porcelain Rose Medallion Dish Platter bowl $65.00
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Antique Pre 1890 Chinese Famille Rose Medallion Pair Ginger Jars 7 1 4w 10h
Antique Pre 1890 Chinese Famille Rose Medallion Pair Ginger Jars 7 1 4w 10h $250.00
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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.