A fine pair of Chinese export porcelain 10″ dinner plates, hand-painted in Famille Rose enamels with Mandarin scenes, the images painted across the surface of the entire plate as if it were a scroll or silk painting, without any border, which is rather remarkable as many, many Chinese porcelain designs are usually rendered confined within borders.  And although the story being illustrated in these two plates remains unknown to us, they seem to have lanterns or illumination as a theme, one even showing an interior scene with someone holding a candle at a desk or altar. With or without the specific backstory, both pieces are colorfully painted with only two small hairlines to the reverse of one, otherwise in good condition. Circa 1820.  $1,500.00 the pair.