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  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    1662-1722 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in underglaze cobalt blue

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Brigadier W. E. Clark

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Europe 1600-1815, Room 5, The Friends of the V&A Gallery, case CA3

Physical description

Dish (one of a pair), porcelain painted in underglaze blue. With curving well and wide, spreading rim, ring foot. In an octagonal panel in the centre is a scene of two European men and a woman making music; they are dressed in early 18th century style. The woman is seated at a table playing a flat instrument; one man stands playing the flute, while another who is seated holds a lute; there are trees in the background. Surrounding this are eight panels of petal shape containing Chinese landscapes. On the reverse are three sprays of bamboo.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


1662-1722 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in underglaze cobalt blue


Diameter: 345 mm, Depth: 55 mm

Object history note

One of a pair of dishes, C.38&A-1969.

Descriptive line

Dish (one of a pair), porcelain painted in underglaze blue, with a European music party; China (Jingdezhen), Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Production Note





Blue and white

Subjects depicted

Men; Landscapes; Women; Bamboo


Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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