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Updated: 14 April 2015
Porcelain dish with slightly rounded sides and flattened mouth-rim with thickened edge. The dish has a fine thin white body. There is a bird on a pendant fruiting bough in pale transparent 'famille verte' palette enamel on the interior.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 27 millimetres
- Diameter: 253 millimetres
Inscription Content萬壽 無疆
Inscription CommentSix-character Kangxi mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base; around the rim, four characters wanshou wujiang (ten thousand years of longevity without end)
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TranslationMade in the Qing dynasty Kangxi reign
Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:
Dish with bird on a fruiting peach tree
In the centre of the dish, is a bird on a fruiting peach tree depicted in a translucent palette of overglaze enamels. Around the rim are four characters萬壽 無疆 (wanshou wujiang ‘ten thousand years of longevity without end’). There is a six-character Kangxi mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base. The Kangxi emperor ruled for sixty-one years, which was the longest reign in Chinese history. This dish and others like it were commissioned for the celebration of his sixtieth birthday on 12th April 1713. This momentous state occasion was marked by operatic performances, music and feasting on a vast scale.
Porcelain with overglaze enamels
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, Kangxi mark and period, about AD 1713
Margaret Medley 1975, records: From the Hon Mountstuart Elphinstone Collection. PDF card: Elphinstone Collection.
Porcelain dish with slightly rounded sides and flattened mouth-rim with thickened edge. Fine thin white porcelain delicately painted in pale transparent 'famille verte' enamels with a naturalistic design of a bird on a pendant fruiting bough.
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Object reference number: RRC39220
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