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  • Place of origin:

    Guangzhou (made)

  • Date:

    1775-1878 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted polychrome enamels on a copper body

  • Credit Line:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Painted enamels of this kind were commonly known in English as 'Canton enamel', after the main centre of their production in South China. They were popular export products in the 18th and 19th centuries. These copper wares were also produced in Beijing for imperial consumption. In Chinese they were referred to as 'foreign porcelain' (yangci 洋瓷).

Physical description

This tray contains two separate compartments of equal size. The base of each compartment is painted with floral scrolls on a white ground.

Place of Origin

Guangzhou (made)


1775-1878 (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Painted polychrome enamels on a copper body


Length: 7.5 in, Width: 4.125 in

Object history note

Believed to be Persian, 17th century, when acquired in 1878

Descriptive line

Tray, painted enamels on copper, Guangzhou, China, before 1878


Copper; Enamel




East Asia Collection

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