An unattributed Chinese Raft pattern pearlware Plate, circa 1815

This small plate is printed with a version of the Chinese Raft pattern in underglaze blue. This chinoiserie pattern, also known as Boy on a Raft, depicts the eponymous raft being steered along a river. Two adults and a child stand on the nearest riverbank. The domed and colonnaded buildng beside them is very much in the romantic Regency Hindoo style. On the opposite bank is another domed pavilion beneath which two figures stand. Mountains and dwellings can be seen in the distance beyond, and the entire scene is surrounded by exotic trees and foliage. The border comprises vignettes from the main scene.


There are three, three-pointed stilt marks equally spaced on the underside edge, and three single spurs on the front. These marks show how the plates were stacked in the kiln during firing.

Condition: Very Good – no damage or restoration, just typical crazing to the lead glaze.

Dimensions: Diameter 21.5 cm 

The Dictionary of Blue & White Printed Pottery 1780-1880, Volume I, A.W. Coysh & R.K. Henrywood (Antique Collectors’ Club, 1995).