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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.880

  • Description

    Porcelain dish with slightly rounded sides and narrow foot-rim. The dish has a fine white eggshell body. There is a fruiting branch of the peach tree, symbolic of longevity in transparent 'famille verte' palette enamel on the interior. There is no mark on the base, which is glazed.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC(early)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 20 millimetres
    • Diameter: 96 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing early 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 880

    Dish with a peach on a branch


    This dish is painted with a peach on a branch. Peaches symbolise longevity. Early Qing enamels fire as thin, translucent watercolour-like colours, dominated by green, black, aubergine, red and yellow pigments. Black (made from manganese and cobalt) and iron-pigmented red were used for outlining as they were more opaque than the other colours. Albert Jacquemart (AD 1808–1875) coined the term famille verte in his Histoire de la céramique published in 1873, to describe this palette dominated by shades of green.


    Porcelain with overglaze enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1700 – 1730

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  • Bibliography

    • Lady David 1973 p.41, no.880 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 p.41, no.880 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case32/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: Elphinstone Collection.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.880

Porcelain saucer with slightly rounded sides and narrow foot-rim. Fine white eggshell porcelain decorated in transparent 'famille verte' enamels with a fruiting branch of the peach tree, symbolic of longevity. There is no mark on the glazed base.

Porcelain saucer with slightly rounded sides and narrow foot-rim. Fine white eggshell porcelain decorated in transparent 'famille verte' enamels with a fruiting branch of the peach tree, symbolic of longevity. There is no mark on the glazed base.

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