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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.653

  • Description

    Porcelain dish with rounded cavetto and flattened rim curving upward at the edge. There is a scene of a man with two servant boys, one carrying a fan, the other a qin, admiring the moon on a terrace beside a pavilion, in underglaze cobalt blue and copper red. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1671
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 88 millimetres
    • Diameter: 358 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        康煕辛亥中和堂製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Kangxi xinhai Zhonghe tangzhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the xinhai year of the Kangxi period for the Hall of Chinese Harmony
      • Inscription Comment

        On the base an inscription 'Kangxi xinhai Zhonghe tangzhi' (made in the xinhai year of the Kangxi period for the Hall of Central Harmony)
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:

    PDF 653

    Serving dish with figure scene


    This serving dish is one of the first officially-commissioned dishes made at the imperial kilns in Jingdezhen for the seventeen-year-old Kangxi emperor and is marked with the Forbidden City’s Hall of Central Harmony. In the centre is a scene painted in underglaze red and blue pigments. It shows a garden with a scholar and two servants one carrying a large fan and the other a guqin (zither) wrapped in a textile cloth. On the base is the inscription康煕辛亥中和堂製 (Kangxi xinhai Zhonghe Tang zhi ‘made in the xinhai year of the Kangxi period (AD 1671) for the Hall of Central Harmony’). It has been suggested that the action of pointing to the sun rising may be a visual pun on advancement


    Porcelain with underglaze copper-red and underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Kangxi cyclical date equivalent to AD1671

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 78 and p. 315 (Dated inscription p. 277) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.24, no.653, pl.II bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.82, no.82 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 pp 32-34, no.653 (colour p.45) bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc64/s1

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.653

Porcelain dish with rounded cavetto and flattened rim curving upward at the edge, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue and copper red. A scene of a man with two servant boys admiring the moon on a terrace beside a pavilion; one servant carries a large fan and the other a qin in a silk bag. Inscription on base.

Porcelain dish with rounded cavetto and flattened rim curving upward at the edge, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue and copper red. A scene of a man with two servant boys admiring the moon on a terrace beside a pavilion; one servant carries a large fan and the other a qin in a silk bag. Inscription on base.

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