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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.891

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1662-1722
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 27 millimetres
    • Diameter: 253 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        萬壽 無疆
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-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 Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Qing dynasty Kangxi reign
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 891

    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 86 and p. 316 bibliographic details
    • Lady David 1973 p.28, no.891 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 pp 43-44, no.891 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case32/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Margaret Medley 1975, records: From the Hon Mountstuart Elphinstone Collection. PDF card: Elphinstone Collection.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.891

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.

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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