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  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    1662-1722 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain decorated with overglaze polychrome enamels and gilding

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 9, shelf 1

Porcelain decorated with polychrome enamels was particularly popular during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). An important innovation was the introduction of a brilliant translucent green enamel to the existing colour palette made of yellow, red, green, aubergine and underglaze blue. This new combination of colours was called yingcai (strong colours) or wucai (five colours) in China, and named famille verte (green family) by European collectors in the mid 19th century.

This saucer is painted with enamels of the famille verte colour palette with a traditional decorative pattern of prunus branches and rocks, a popular design on export ware of this kind. On the base a mark shaped as a ding bronze vessel in a double circle is painted in underglaze blue.

Physical description

Porcelain saucer decorated in overglaze enamels, including three shades of green, red, yellow, manganese and blue of the famille verte colour scheme, and gilding with a plum tree growing among rocks; a band of honeycomb pattern on the border with six reserved panels, each containing a stylised flower. Three sprays of flowers under the rim. A mark in underglaze blue on the base.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


1662-1722 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain decorated with overglaze polychrome enamels and gilding

Marks and inscriptions

A ding in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base


Diameter: 25 cm

Descriptive line

Porcelain saucer decorated in polychrome enamels of the famille verte type, China, Qing dynasty, Kangxi reign (1662-1722).




Overglazing; Gilding; Underglazing

Subjects depicted

Prunus tree; Rocks


Porcelain; Ceramics; Food vessels & Tableware


East Asia Collection

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