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Zhangzhou Export ware porcelain dish with slightly flattened rim. Swatow type. There is a 'fu' character (good fortune) in turquoise overglaze enamel in the centre, two turquoise dragons with clouds and flames in red and green enamels, medallions containing Chinese characters between flowering peonies, chrysanthemums, plums and lotus in black, red and green in the cavetto, and a chrysanthemum scroll on rim, flower motifs in red on the exterior.
- Made in: Zhangzhou
- (Asia,China,Fujian (province),Zhangzhou)
- Height: 103 millimetres
- Diameter: 395 millimetres
Inscription Content忠;孝;廉;勛; 福
Inscription TransliterationZhong, xiao, lian, xun, fu
Inscription TranslationLoyalty, filial piety, honesty and meritorious contribution
Inscription CommentFour characters in medallions read 'zhong', 'xiao', 'lian' and 'xun' (loyalty, filial piety, honesty and meritorious contribution). Character in the centre 'fu' (happiness).
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620, 16th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Dish with Confucian virtues
Merchants traded such dishes to countries in Southeast Asia such as Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia as well as to Japan and Holland. They are characterised by coarse sandy bases and designs rendered in free and spontaneous brushstrokes. This example is painted with dragons and with four characters in the cavetto in medallions which are read together忠;孝;廉;勛; 福 'zhong', 'xiao', 'lian' and 'xun' (loyalty, filial piety, honesty and meritorious contribution). The character in the centre is 福 (fu ‘happiness’).
Porcelain with overglaze turquoise, red and black enamels
Zhangzhou (‘Swatow’) ware
Pinghe county, Zhangzhou prefecture, Fujian province, 福建省, 漳州, 平和縣
Ming dynasty, about AD1573–1620
Zhangzhou Export Ware porcelain dish with slightly flattened rim. Swatow type, with red, green, turquoise and black overglaze enamels. Character 'fu' (good fortune) in the centre and two turqouise dragons with clouds and flames. Medallions containing Chinese characters in the cavetto, between flowering peonies, chrysanthemums, plums and lotus in black, red and green. Chrysanthemum scroll on rim, flower motifs in red on outside.
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Object reference number: RRC39035
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