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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 136, The Curtain Foundation Gallery

Dish

ca. 1700 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This dish is one of four similarly decorated dishes, all of them painted with figures from the popular Chinese novel 'Water Margin', a story about brave and good-doing bandits comparable to Robin Hood. A distinct feature of the decoration is the absence of any complementary pattern in the background, as if the figures appear on a blank stage without a back-drop. A mark on the base, reading 'Studio to examine one's mind' indicates that the dishes were specially commissioned by a man of letters.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Porcelain painted in enamel colours
Brief Description
Cer, China, Qing, f.verte
Physical Description
Painted with a woman (on the left) imploring two man warriors. On the back is a piece of paper inscribed "Wm Beckford Esq Bath quinze chaque very fine and rare old enamel". It also bears a collector's label printed in red with two interlaced L's.
Dimensions
  • Diameter: 20.7cm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
Underglaze blue mark 'wen xin zhai' on base
Credit line
Salting bequest
Subject depicted
Summary
This dish is one of four similarly decorated dishes, all of them painted with figures from the popular Chinese novel 'Water Margin', a story about brave and good-doing bandits comparable to Robin Hood. A distinct feature of the decoration is the absence of any complementary pattern in the background, as if the figures appear on a blank stage without a back-drop. A mark on the base, reading 'Studio to examine one's mind' indicates that the dishes were specially commissioned by a man of letters.
Collection
Accession Number
C.1195-1910

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record createdSeptember 16, 2005
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