Height: 7.500 cm
Bequeathed by Mrs Walter Sedgwick
Asia OA 1968.4-22.26
Room 33: Asia
Blue-and-white porcelain fish dish
From Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, southern
Yuan dynasty, 14th century AD
Large porcelain dish with fish among waterweeds
Porcelain decorated with
This dish takes its shape from Islamic metalwork. The foliated bracket rim required the use of an inner and outer mould, with the dish pressed in between. The rim is flat and there is a rather deep well, or cavetto.
The complex decoration, with several distinct designs arranged in concentric circles, is characteristic of fourteenth-century blue-and white dishes. This complexity is also evident on vases and jars, with the decoration filling a number of bands. Although the shape is imported, the floral scroll motif and the fish among waterweeds are entirely Chinese in character.
S.J. Vainker, Chinese pottery and porcelain, (London, The British Museum Press, 1991)