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

Pair of Famille Rose Medallion Export Plates Chinese
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Chinese Canton Porcelain Famille Rose Medallion Vase lamp Early 19th C
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Antique Chinese Porcelain Urn Vase 21 Rose Medallion 1940s
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Big Antique Chinese Rose Medallion Porcelain Bowl Cir 1900
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Antique 19Th Chinese Rose Medallion Butterfly Plate
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LUCKY EIGHT CHINESE GORGEOUS EXPORT ROSE MEDALLION COLORFUL BOWL
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a nice Large CANTON BOWL COVER 19thC Chinese porcelain Famille Rose medallion
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Antique Chinese Rose Medallion Dinner Plate 19th C
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19th Cent Chinese Rose Medallion Platter Reticulated
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8 1 2 CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN ROSE MEDALLION COVERED DISH
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CHINESE CANTONESE 19TH CENTURY FAMILLE ROSE MEDALLION PLATE CHARGER
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Quality Vintage Fine Chinese Famille Rose Medallion Soup Bowls 6 Set Display
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FINE PAIR OF CHINESE FAMILLE ROSE MEDALLION PLATES DAOGUANG 19THC
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Very Large 19th Chinese Antique Rose Medallion Butterfly Charger
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LARGE Chinese Medallion Famille Rose Canton Porcelain Floor Vase Qing Guangxu
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Antique Chinese Rose Medallion box late 19th C
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Antique Chinese Pair Rose Medallion Bough Pot Vases early 19th C
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CA1900 ANTIQUE CHINESE PORCELAIN CANTON ROSE MEDALLION MANDARIN COVERED BOX
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COLLECTION OF 12 ANTIQUE CHINESE ROSE MEDALLIONS PLATES 95WIDE GOOD ONES
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Antique 89 Pcs Rose Medallion Chinese Export Porcelain Dinnerware China Set
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Stunning Pair Of 165 Tall Rose Medallion Elephant Handled Vases
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Antique Chinese Porcelain Vase Rose Medallion 14 1950s
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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.