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  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1785-1790 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in pink enamel

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 22, shelf 3

This dish, produced in China at the end of the18th century but acquired in Iran, is painted in the style of English transfer-printed decoration. Chinese porcelain was greatly admired by Europeans during this time, but in addition to traditional shapes and designs, they also ordered tableware and household objects made in imitation of western items or with specific decorative motifs, such as coat of arms, monograms or inscriptions. The East India trading companies supplied models and patterns to be copied by the Chinese potters.

The central design is a stylised version of the traditional Chinese landscape theme, a subject that was re-invented in Europe and integrated into the repertoire of western chinoiserie. The latter was then imitated again on Chinese porcelain made for export. This motif was perceived by European customers as purely 'oriental' and 'exotic', although it was very distant from the domestic taste in China.

Physical description

Porcelain plate, decorated in pink enamel with a landscape scene featuring pagoda-type houses on rocks, surrounded by a double border of diaper pattern.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


ca. 1785-1790 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in pink enamel


Diameter: 24.8 cm

Object history note

Bought in Iran

Descriptive line

Porcelain dish decorated with pink enamel, China, Qing dynasty, ca. 1785-1790

Labels and date

Plate of European shape, acquired in Iran
China, 1785–90
Museum no. 545-1888 [September 2009]





Subjects depicted



China in Persia; Porcelain; Household objects; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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