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


ca. 1662-1673 (made)
Place Of Origin

Dish made of porcelain, painted in underglaze cobalt blue, Kangxi mark on base.

object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Porcelain, painted in underglaze cobalt blue
Brief Description
Dish, porcelain painted with underglaze cobalt blue, China, Kangxi mark and period, ca. 1662-1673
Physical Description
Dish made of porcelain, painted in underglaze cobalt blue, Kangxi mark on base.
  • Diameter: 15.7cm
Content description
The heroine Cui Yingying is reading a letter from her banished suitor, which her maid, who is hovering outside on the terrace, has smuggled in concealed in the toilet box visible on the table.
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 大清康熙年製 (Written in underglaze blue inside double-ring )
  • 將簡帖兒拈,妝盒兒按,開拆封皮孜孜看 (Line from the play The Western Chamber (Xixiang ji))
Credit line
Given by Sydney Vacher
Subjects depicted
Literary References
  • The Western Chamber (Xixiang ji), Part IV, Act I
Bibliographic Reference
Kerr, Rose. Chinese Ceramics, Porcelain of the Qing Dynasty 1644-1911. London: V&A, 1998. no. 32, p. 56.
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record createdJanuary 24, 2008
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