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

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Magnificent Antique Mid 19Th Century Chinese Rose Medallion Punch Bowl 19 Inches
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ANTIQUE CHINESE ROSE MEDALLION PUNCH BOWL VERY LARGE BEAUTIFUL UNIQUE
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CHINESE 19th C CANTON FAMILLE ROSE MEDALLION PIERCED BASKET DISH W Plate Stand
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Lovely Republic Period CHINESE ROSE MEDALLION BOWL
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Antique CHINESE Rose Medallion RETICULATED PORCELAIN Fruit Chestnut BOWL 19th C
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Set 3 Antique Chinese FAMILLE ROSE Medallion 9 Plates porcelain
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Rose Medallion Punch Bowl
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WONDERFULL 19THC ANTIQUE IMPERIAL CHINESE PORCELAIN CANTON ROSE MEDALLION VASE
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Antique Chinese Porcelain Famille Rose Medallion Canton CUTWORK PIERCED Plate
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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.