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Porcelain saucer-shaped dish with rounded sides and slightly incurving foot. The dish has a fine white body. There is a berry laden branch and two butterflies hovering around and above it in transparent 'famille verte' palette enamel on a greenish white ground on the interior and the branch and two further butterflies on the exterior. Pair with PDF 870.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 36 millimetres
- Diameter: 172 millimetres
Inscription CommentSix-character Chenghua mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Qing early 18thCRoom 95 label text:
Dish with a berry-laden branch and butterflies
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. There is an apocryphal six-character Chenghua mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze enamels
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, Kangxi, AD 1662–1722
Saucer-shaped dish with rounded sides and slightly incurving foot. Fine white porcelain decorated outside in pale transparent 'famille verte' enamels on a greenish white ground of a berry laden branch and four butterflies hovering around and above it. Pair with PDF 870.
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Object reference number: RRC39200
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