A set of three Chinese export porcelain 7 3/4″ borderless plates decorated in vibrant Famille Rose enamels with wonderfully detailed Mandarin scenes; one with an official being received by a noble lady seated upon her terrace with attendants; a second plate depicting a lady seated in a garden playing the classic stringed instrument, the guzheng, to a rather enrapt group of ladies around her; and a third scene showing another terrace scene with a dancer and two not-so-amused Mandarins seated at a table both apparently asleep, one with his back to the performers!  These are somewhat unusual designs as most plates are decorated with images or scenes within borders around the cavetto and rims, here we have these scenes treated as paintings rendered across the entire surface of the plates. ……. highly decorative and insightful views into Mandarin life two centuries ago. (chips to rim restored)Circa 1810-1820.