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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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 88 millimetres
- Diameter: 358 millimetres
Inscription PositionOn the base
Inscription TransliterationKangxi xinhai Zhonghe tangzhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the xinhai year of the Kangxi period for the Hall of Chinese Harmony
Inscription CommentOn the base an inscription 'Kangxi xinhai Zhonghe tangzhi' (made in the xinhai year of the Kangxi period for the Hall of Central Harmony)
Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:
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
15 April 2009
Reason for treatment
Improve discoloured restoration.
The dish is in good condition, it has minor chipping to the rim.
The dish was swab cleaned using deionised water with a few drops of Synperonic N (non ionic detergent,nonylphenol ethylene oxide condensate) applied on a cotton wool swab. Old plaster fills were removed and the chips were carefully steam cleaned. Epoxy resin bulked with fumed silica and coloured with dry ground artists pigments were applied to the chipped areas, once cured these were polished with fine grade micromesh to match the original surface.
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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Object reference number: RRC38988
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