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Digging China Clay

Painting
1770-1790 (made), 1770-1790 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

This painting is from a set of 24 depicting the porcelain industry in China. It shows men digging china clay, one of the two major ingredients for porcelain. The other ingredient was china stone. Europe could not produce true porcelain before the 18th century. Artists targeted paintings such as this at Europeans eager to find out the secrets of porcelain manufacture in China.

Object details

Categories
Object type
Titles
  • Digging China Clay (generic title)
  • 清 佚名 製瓷圖:採泥料 (published title)
Materials and techniques
Watercolours on paper
Brief description
Painting, 'Digging China Clay', watercolours on paper, Guangzhou, China, 1770-1790
Physical description
Rectangular watercolour painting completed in muted tones and depciting a series of labourers working the land to source clay, one of twenty-four depicting the various processes of the pottery industry.
Dimensions
  • Height: 40cm
  • Width: 60cm
Style
Object history
Purchased from Gordon M. Forsyth, accessioned in 1910. This acquisition information reflects that found in the Asia Department registers, as part of a 2022 provenance research project, one of twenty-four.
Subjects depicted
Summary
This painting is from a set of 24 depicting the porcelain industry in China. It shows men digging china clay, one of the two major ingredients for porcelain. The other ingredient was china stone. Europe could not produce true porcelain before the 18th century. Artists targeted paintings such as this at Europeans eager to find out the secrets of porcelain manufacture in China.
Associated objects
Bibliographic reference
Souvenir from Canton : Chinese export paintings from the Victoria and Albert Museum, Shanghai, 2003 100
Collection
Accession number
E.37-1910

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Record createdSeptember 26, 2002
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