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Dish

  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1740-1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain, painted in overglaze enamels and gilt

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:

    C.1391-1910

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 13, shelf 4

The decoration of flowers and fish on this dish is painted in coloured enamels. The soft pink is derived from gold, and experts think that it was introduced into China from Europe around 1720. Many of the other pigments are muted by the addition of the newly invented opaque white enamel. The fashion in Europe for colourfully decorated ware began in the early 18th century, when Chinese blue and white porcelain was becoming less popular.

Physical description

The dish is painted in coloured enamels with a basket of flowers and a border of carps swimming among water weeds. The soft pink is derived from gold and believed to have been introduced into China from Europe around 1720. Many of the other pigments are muted by the addition of the newly invented opaque white enamel. In the early 18th century the taste for Chinese blue and white porcelain was declining, and colourfully decorated ware became popular.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)

Date

ca. 1740-1750 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain, painted in overglaze enamels and gilt

Dimensions

Diameter: 38.7 cm

Descriptive line

Dish, porcelain painted in overglaze enamels and gilt, China (Jingdezhen), Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, ca. 1740-1750

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Clunas, Craig, ed. Chinese exports art and design. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1987, figure 19.

Production Note

from label

Materials

Porcelain

Techniques

Painted; Glazed; Gilt

Subjects depicted

Baskets; Flowers; Water weed; Fish

Categories

Food vessels and tableware; Ceramics; Porcelain

Collection

East Asia Collection

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