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  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen, China (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1700-20 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in underglaze blue

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Charles T. Murray

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The design of this dish was taken from Dutch Delftware ceramics, which were so popular in Europe that were taken to China for copying. The scene was misunderstood by the Chinese decorator, who repeats the background in the foreground, and represents birds flying in the sky in a unique manner. The Delft-style sponge work decoration was reproduced with some accuracy.

On the back of the dish is the Dresden inventory mark 'N=499', indicating that the piece was once in the collection of Augustus the Strong (1670-1733), Elector of Saxony, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania.

Physical description

Shallow, with flat rim. Painted with five figures in a landscape with trees (rendered with dotted foliage) and windmills. There are traces of gilt around the well. This is Chinese porcelain imitating Dutch Delftware.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen, China (made)


ca. 1700-20 (made)


Unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in underglaze blue

Marks and inscriptions

Mark of the Johanneum, Dresden


Diameter: 26.7 cm

Object history note

Formerly in the Japanese Palace at Dresden.

Purchased at the disposal of duplicates, etc., in the Royal Saxon collection at the Japanese Palace in Dresden by the father of the donor, Sir Charles Murray KCB, till 1868 British Minister to the Court of Saxony (1860-5).

Descriptive line

Plate, porcelain with underglaze blue, decorated with figures in a landscape with windmills, Chinese, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, ca. 1700-20

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

Kerr, Rose and Luisa E. Mengoni Chinese Export Ceramics London: V&A Publishing, 2011, p.26, pl.22

Production Note

from label


Porcelain; Cobalt oxide


Painted; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Figures; Landscape; Windmills


Porcelain; Household objects; Ceramics

Collection code


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