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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1785-1795 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain decorated in underglaze blue

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mrs A. B. Woodcroft

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 11, shelf 6

This porcelain dish was made at the kilns of Jingdezhen in southern China at the end of the 18th century. At this time, blue and white porcelain were still exported to Europe, although the competition of local ceramic factories led to a substantial decrease in volume.

The scene depicted on this dish was a stylised and much adapted version of a traditional Chinese landscape theme, a subject probably copied from English transfer-printed ware sent to China. This design, very popular on western chinoiserie, was perceived by European clients as purely 'oriental' and 'exotic', although it was very distant from Chinese taste.

Physical description

Porcelain dish decorated in underglaze blue with a river landscape featuring pagodas, small boats, bridges and figures framed by a diaper border; the rim is painted with a brown slip and gilt.

Place of Origin

China (made)


ca. 1785-1795 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain decorated in underglaze blue


Diameter: 20.3 cm

Descriptive line

Porcelain dish decorated in underglaze blue with river landscape, China, Qing dynasty, ca. 1785-1795

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

Clunas, Craig (ed.). Chinese Export Art and Design. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1987, p. 44, fig. 22.

Labels and date

Porcelain with decoration in underglaze blue
River landscape, copied from English transfer-printed ware
About 1785-1795
Woodcroft Bequest [1987]





Subjects depicted

Figures; Pagodas; Landscapes (representations); Bridges; Boats


Porcelain; Ceramics; Food vessels & Tableware


East Asia Collection

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