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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.890

  • 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 lady and an attendant, both carrying libation cups, in pale transparent 'famille verte' palette enamel on the interior.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1662-1722
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 28 millimetres
    • Diameter: 250 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)
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 890

    Dish with a lady and attendant


    In the centre of the dish, are two ladies. One is carrying a jue on a dish, the other, an attendant, is carrying a wine ewer which has the character 壽 (shou ‘longevity’) on it. 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

    • Lady David 1973 p.27, no.890 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 p.43, no.890 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case32/sh1

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    5 February 2009

    Treatment proposal

    Fill chip on rim. Re-paint decoration in.

    Condition

    The dish is stable it presents a big chip on the edge of the rim and other small ones also on the rim.

    Treatment details

    Only the big chip was steam cleaned, it was agreed with the curator that the small chips were going to be let untouched. After the dish was let to dry for a week, it was filled with Fynebond resin which was bulked heavily with Aerosil 805 fumed silica and coloured with artists' dry ground pigments. The resin was applied with a metal spatula, allowed to cure fully for 2 days, then softened with Acetone on a cotton wool swabs and shaved back to the correct size. Resin was allowed to cure for a further 2 days before being polished with Micromesh fine abrasive cloth (silicon carbide/aluminium oxide) grades 2400, 3200, 3600, 4000, 6000, 8000 and 12000. Once the fill was finished, the decoration was in-painted using acrylic colours. The object was further cleaned with a 50:50 solution of de-ionised water and Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol, methanol) applied on a cotton wool swab and dried with a paper towel.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: Elphinstone Collection.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.890

Porcelain dish with slightly roundes sides and flattened mouth-rim with thickened edge. Fine thin white porcelain delicately painted in pale transparent 'famille verte' enamels with two ladies, one carrying a libation cup on a dish, the other, an attendant, also carrying a libation cup.

Porcelain dish with slightly roundes sides and flattened mouth-rim with thickened edge. Fine thin white porcelain delicately painted in pale transparent 'famille verte' enamels with two ladies, one carrying a libation cup on a dish, the other, an attendant, also carrying a libation cup.

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