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Plate

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1756 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in polychrome enamels

  • Museum number:

    C.376-1926

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 21, shelf 3

This dish was produced at the kilns of Jingdezhen in southeast China in 1756, and made by special order for a European customer. The design of the ship in full sail with the Dutch flag celebrates the journey of a Dutch East Indian Company ship to China, and the inscription informs us that the dish was made for its captain Jacob Ryzik.

In the 18th century Europeans greatly admired the white and resistant body of Chinese porcelain, available at low cost, but in addition to traditional shapes and designs, they also ordered tableware and household objects made in imitation of western items or with specific decorative motifs, including coat of arms, monograms and inscriptions. The East India trading companies supplied Chinese potters of models and patterns to copy.

Physical description

Circular, with shallow well and and wide, flat rim; painted in the middle with a three-masted ship in full sail, flying the Dutch flag and pennants; round the well is a border of cresting in red and gold; on the rim, in an oval panel outlined in pale blue foliate scrolls with a ribbon under a red and gold crown is an inscription; at the edge is a narrow border of small crowded foliage and flowers.

Place of Origin

China (made)

Date

1756 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in polychrome enamels

Marks and inscriptions

Inscription on the rim
T: SCMIP: VRYBVRG
CEVOERTDOORCAPITEYN
I ACOB, RYZIK
INCHINA INT
IAAR. 1756.

Dimensions

Diameter: 32.07 cm

Descriptive line

Porcelain dish, decorated in polychrome enamels with a ship flying the Dutch flag and an inscription, Jingdezhen, China, Qing dynasty, 1756

Labels and date

Dutch East India Company cup,
saucer and plate
China, (37) 1728; (38) 1756
The cup and saucer carry the symbol
of the Dutch East India Company, while
the plate shows one of their ships.
Museum nos. 645&A-1907, given by Julia C. Gulland; C.376-1926, given by
HM King George [September 2009]

Materials

Porcelain

Techniques

Glazed; Enamelled

Subjects depicted

Ship; Foliage; Crown

Categories

Porcelain; Household objects

Collection

East Asia Collection

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