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  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    about 1695 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    porcelain painted in underglaze blue

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Basil Ionides

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 6, shelf 3

This large dish, probably used as a tray or salver, possibly for serving wine, is decorated with a figure of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, framed with a border of grape bunches and vines. The shape ultimately derives from a metalware prototype evidenced by the gadrooned or fluted rim, and the decoration may have been engraved on the surface of the dish. Equally, it may have been more directly based on a Dutch Delft model.

Physical description

Plate of circular, almost flat shape with narrow, spreading rim, moulded with small, oblique gadroons. Painted inside in the centre and bordered by trefoil motifs is a medallion depicting almost nude Bacchic figures.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


about 1695 (made)



Materials and Techniques

porcelain painted in underglaze blue


Diameter: 37.47 cm

Historical context note

This probably imitates Dutch Delftware.

Descriptive line

Plate, porcelain decorated with trefoil motifs and bacchic figures, China, Jingdezhen, about 1695

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

Kerr, Rose and Luisa E. Mengoni Chinese Export Ceramics London: V&A Publishing, 2011, pp.25-26, pl.21

Labels and date

Chinese salver with Bacchus, god of wine
China, Jingdezhen, about 1695
Both shape and decoration were copied from a Delft original.
C.66-1963. Basil Ionides Bequest [2009]



Subjects depicted

Medallion; Figures; Trefoils


Porcelain; Household objects


East Asia Collection

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