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  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1710-1720 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain decorated in overglaze enamels

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by H.B. Harris

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 136, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 2, shelf 4

In the early 1680s the colour palette of enamels was expanded and perfected with the addition of a new translucent green. Porcelain decorated in this new palette of either green, blue, red, yellow, aubergine, brown and black enamels is known as yingcai in Chinese (strong colours) or wucai (five colours). Within Europe the palette acquired the name famille verte to reflect the predominance of green in the designs.
On this vase, the combined motifs of mandarin ducks with lotus plants was particularly auspicious and symbolised a harmonious marriage and many sons.

Physical description

Porcelain bowl painted with enamel colours depicting lotuses, bamboo, water, ducks and other birds. Inside, painted with small red flowers and two butterflies.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


ca. 1710-1720 (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain decorated in overglaze enamels

Marks and inscriptions

Kangxi mark on base


Diameter: 17.2 cm, Height: 8.5 cm

Descriptive line

Bowl, porcelain decorated in overglaze enamels; China, Jingdezhen, Qing dynasty, ca. 1710-1720

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Kerr, Rose. Chinese Ceramics: Porcelain of the Qing Dynasty 1644-1911. London: V&A, 1986, p.15




Painted; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Butterflies; Ducks; Bamboo; Flowers; Birds; Lotus flowers


Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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