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Pair Chinese Export Rose Medallion medallion urns
Chinese rose medallion urns with foo lion lid finials. They were originally part of 5-piece set, called a garniture set. A garniture set consisted of a pair of urns, a pair of vases, and a center jar. The set would be symetrically arranged on a mantlepiece for decoration. Rose medallion porcelain was not made for Chinese. It was made for export, first to Europe and later to the US, and was never marked until about 1925, when it had to be stamped China. Rose medallion design is characterized by its predominant pink tones. It features open fields, or medallions, painted with court figures. These medallions are enclosed by busily patterned borders of flowers, birds, insects, and scrolls, all highlighted in gold. This type of porcelain was intruduced in the 18th century, but the early versions were not so congested in their decoration. This pair of urns date from the 4th quarter of the 19th century