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  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    1700-10 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in overglaze enamels

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 8

This dish was made in the kilns of Jingdezhen during the reign period of the emperor Kangxi (1662-1722). The style of decoration, combining a central reserved medallion and small cartouches painted in overglaze enamels, with a colour scheme known in the west as 'famille verte', and a powder blue ground with gilded decoration, was particularly popular in Europe between the end of the 17th century and the early 18th century.

Export porcelain of this type was used as tableware in the residences of aristocrats and wealthy people, as well as exhibited in the so-called 'porcelain rooms', where walls and niches were filled with large quantities of ceramics. One of the most important European collections of this type belonged to Augustus the Strong of Saxony (d. 1733), who owned over twenty thousand pieces.

Physical description

Porcelain dish with a broad flat rim, painted in brown on the edge and decorated with a powdered-blue ground with white reserved panels painted in overglaze enamel colours in the famille verte palette. On the central medallion, a qilin and a phoenix on a terrace. The rim is decorated with medallions containing alternately a qilin and a scroll, one of the four symbols of the literati. On the underside of the rim, three sprays of flowers.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


1700-10 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in overglaze enamels

Marks and inscriptions

The emblem for a painting, in a double circle in underglaze blue


Diameter: 41 cm

Descriptive line

Dish, porcelain with decoration painted in overglaze enamels in the famille verte palette, China, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Labels and date

Dish with phoenix and mythical beast
China, Jingdezhen, 1700–10
Museum no. C.1340-1910. Salting Bequest [September 2009]


Porcelain; Cobalt oxide


Painted; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Floral sprays; Qin (long zithers); Books; Terrace; Mythological beasts; Painting; Chess


Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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