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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery

Dish

1851-1861 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This dish is painted with the decorative theme 'ten thousand happiness and longevity'. It is made from a combination of the shou (longevity) character in the centre, surrounded by five bats, five further shou characters, and five swastika symbols. The quality of the dish is very fine. It was made for the use of the Xianfeng Emperor (reigned 1851-1861) and is inscribed with the name of one of the rooms in the imperial palace.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Porcelain, painted in underglaze blue
Brief Description
Dish, porcelain painted in underglaze blue, China (Jingdezhen), Xianfeng studio mark and period, 1851-61
Physical Description
This dish is painted in underglaze blue with a shou (longevity) character in the centre, surrounded by five bats, five further shou characters, and five swastika symbols. The swastika was originally a Buddhist symbol but evolved to represent 'ten thousand'. Together the bat, shou character and swastika form the decorative theme 'ten thousand happiness and longevity'. On the base is the mark Lüxin Tang zhi (made for the Hall of Faith-keeping) in seal script.

Lüxin Shuwu (Library of Faith-keeping) was the studio name of the Xianfeng Emperor, and Lüxin Tang (Hall of Faith-keeping) was probably a variant of that name. The quality of the dish and the very neatly-written mark definitely point to the piece being an imperial ware.
Dimensions
  • Height: 3.5cm
  • Diameter: 16.8cm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
履信堂製 (On base in seal script and underglaze blue)
Credit line
Addis Bequest
Summary
This dish is painted with the decorative theme 'ten thousand happiness and longevity'. It is made from a combination of the shou (longevity) character in the centre, surrounded by five bats, five further shou characters, and five swastika symbols. The quality of the dish is very fine. It was made for the use of the Xianfeng Emperor (reigned 1851-1861) and is inscribed with the name of one of the rooms in the imperial palace.
Bibliographic Reference
Wilson, Ming, Rare marks on Chinese ceramics, London : Published by the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 19989
Collection
Accession Number
FE.78-1983

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record createdFebruary 8, 2000
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